Parenting Youth and Teens - The Essentials

As a parent, one of your important jobs is to raise children and teens prepared to cope in healthy ways to changing circumstances like deployments, moves and new schools. Military OneSource is there to help you parent at every stage, offering guidance on making moves easier for your kids, helping you support your child at school and encouraging you to talk to your teens about important topics like substance abuse and managing stress.

You’re already a guardian of our country, the following can help you be an even better guardian to your kids:

Take advantage of Military Kids Connect.

Service families have access to this engaging website that helps children connect to an online community of other military kids, prepare for upcoming moves and have fun with lots of tools and games. Military Kids Connect also has great information to help adults understand what it takes to support military children at home and at school. Check out the ways your children can connect with others who've been there.

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Support your kids in school.

You want to give your kids a head start in their education, and safely navigate them through the sometimes-tricky terrain of grade school. Military OneSource offers parenting resources to help your kids thrive in school. We can support you in supporting your child by providing guidance on a successful transition to a new school, connecting you with tutoring information or helping you navigate standardized tests in high school. 

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Make moves easier for your kids.

Moving is part of military life and can be tough on kids. Military OneSource provides you with tips that can make your next move a smooth one for your kids. Plan ahead as much as possible. The more you talk about your new home ahead of time, the easier the relocation will be for your kids — and you.

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Help your kids manage stress.

Teenage life can be very stressful. There are many things to juggle: fitting in at school, managing classwork and clubs, and a changing body and hormones. Your job is to help steer them through these tricky years. We offer tips for recognizing stress in your teen – and ways to help your adolescent manage emotions. You also can find help through Military OneSource or through hotlines if stress leads to more serious problems.

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Talk to your kids about difficult topics.

It's important to keep communication open with your teen about topics like substance abuse and dating violence. Review our guidelines on addressing those important issues with your adolescent and where you can go for some extra support if you need it.

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