The entire military community has a role to play in fostering healthy children. Military OneSource’s MilParent Power campaign connects military families, community leaders and service members to a wide range of Department of Defense programs and resources designed to support healthy parenting – not just during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but throughout the year.
Family Advocacy Program
The Family Advocacy Program promotes positive and healthy family and interpersonal relationships and provides preventive education, support and intervention services to families impacted by child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse.
The New Parent Support Program is a FAP education and secondary prevention program designed to empower new parents to meet the challenges of parenthood and their military lifestyle. Its primary goal is to help prevent child abuse and neglect by educating and supporting those who are struggling to manage the stress brought on by parenthood.
FAP also serves as the installation office that provides parenting resources as well as a place to share concerns regarding parental or caregiver abuse or concerning sexual behavior between children and youth.
MilParent Power offers positive parenting solutions
Parents are always learning, and MilParent Power can guide you in your parenting journey with tools, information, hacks and more to help you:
- Build your parenting skills. From age-appropriate discipline to safe sleep strategies, we’ve gathered insights from experts in the fields of child development, early learning, psychology and more. And we’ve translated them into easy-to-understand tips and guidance.
- Be informed and prepared. Learn more about child development and behaviors, and how you can support your child through each stage of development.
- Tap into a community that supports you. The military community is also a parenting community, and there are lots of ways you can find the support and resources you nee
Here are some quick connections to tips, resources and programs that you can use right now.
- How Military Parents Can Create Safe Sleeping Environments for Infants shows research-backed ways to help your newborn sleep safely and soundly as well as ways to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
- Tips for Disciplining Your Child helps you find the patience and strategies you need to correct your child’s misbehavior in constructive, age-appropriate ways.
- Parenting and Teen Stress addresses how the strains of frequent moves and deployed parents can add to a military teen’s stress in school and with social issues. Learn how to spot your teen’s stress before it erupts – and what you can do to help them manage it effectively.
- Supporting Your Child’s Education at Home and School offers practical ways to ensure your military child is getting the most out of their education.
- Signs of Child Abuse teaches you the signs of child abuse and neglect, and how you can help your military community remain a safe place for children to grow up happy and healthy.
- How to Report Child Abuse in the Military outlines how the DOD, FAP and every member of the military community has a responsibility to nurture safe and healthy communities. Learn how you can effectively report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect in your neighborhood.
- How to Teach Your Military Child About Healthy Boundaries shows parents how to establish early healthy behavior patterns and expectations that will help children better understand consent, personal space and other important personal boundaries to keep them happy and healthy.
- Healthy Sexual Behaviors in Children describes common behaviors of children from birth through age 12, as well as when to ask for outside help.
- How to Support Healthy Sexual Relationships for Your Military Teenager details ways you can help your child stay clear of relationship abuse as they begin to date and develop romantic feelings for their peers.
- Military OneSource’s Sesame Street Products are multimedia resources that leverage the power of the beloved Sesame Street Muppets to tackle difficult subjects for military families, including deployments, divorce and grief.
- Safe Infant Sleep provides guidelines to help ensure safe sleep and decrease the risk of SIDS.
- Ages and Stages directs you to resources related to your child’s development to help you know what to expect at every stage.
- Parenting Skills for the Single Service Member highlights single parents’ personal expectations, positive discipline and communication techniques, family separation and support systems.
- How Military Families Can Build Resilience offers tips on enhancing resilience and family readiness.
- Effective Discipline: Ages 2 to 5 looks at the stages of development and effective discipline methods for shaping behaviors in young children, as well as helping you know when you as a military parent may need to seek help.
- Effective Discipline for School-Age Children: Ages 6 to 9 reviews the stages of development and explores effective discipline methods for shaping behaviors in children ages 6 to 9.
- Effective Discipline: Ages 13 to 17 examines how teenagers think and feel while relaying effective discipline that works without damaging family relationships.
- Military OneSource Confidential Help provides confidential non-medical counseling, specialty parenting consultations and other services.
- The Military and Family Life Counseling Program provides face-to-face, confidential non-medical counseling, briefings and presentations for parents both on and off military installations.
- The Family Advocacy Program works to prevent domestic violence and child abuse and neglect through education, prevention and intervention, while helping to ensure the safety of abuse victims and recovery of military families.
- The New Parent Support Program offers home visits, classes, resource materials, playgroups and a network of support for new parents.
- The no-cost, online Thrive parenting program promotes positive parenting, stress management and healthy living for parents of children of all ages.
- Parenting for Veterans from the Defense Health Agency Connected Health is an anonymous, online self-help course that provides military parents with tools and practical advice to help them reconnect with their families after a separation, strengthen relationships with their children and build on their existing parenting skills.
- The Pregnancy and New Parent Knowledge Management Program from the DOD and TRICARE provides expecting families with weekly emails about their care and what to expect.
- The Exceptional Family Member Program offers assistance and resources for military family members with special needs.
- Morale, Welfare and Recreation is your source for family fun, leisure and entertainment.
- The Military Family Readiness System is a network of programs and agencies that promotes your family’s readiness and quality of life.
- Military Child Care Programs is a guide to quality, affordable child care in your community. Learn about the Expanded Hourly Child Care Service available through Military OneSource.
- The Military Youth and Teen Programs article highlights the variety of programs that offer enriching experiences and activities for military kids year-round.
If you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby or are currently parenting a child 5 years of age or younger, Military OneSource offers you the New MilParent specialty consultation. It’s free, confidential support for a wide range of parenting issues.
Remember: Military OneSource is available to help you and your children grow safely and happily.
Contact us anytime, anywhere with your parenting questions and we’ll connect you to the military programs your family needs to live your best MilLife.