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 the wide range of Department of Defense programs and resources designed to support healthy parenting – both during National Child Abuse Prevention Month and all year-round.
The Family Advocacy Program
FAP runs the New Parent Support Program and helps victims of child abuse and neglect. Find parenting resources or report concerns about a child’s welfare at your installation’s FAP office.
How MilParent Power gives you positive parenting solutions
Parents are always learning, and MilParent Power helps you in your parenting journey with tools, information, hacks and more to:
- 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 need, around the clock.
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 infant sleep safely and soundly and reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
- 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 add to any military teen’s stresses of school and social issues. Learn how to spot your teen’s stress before it erupts – and what you can do to help them handle 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 happy and healthy.
- How to Report Child Abuse in the Military outlines how The Department of Defense, the Family Advocacy Program and every member of the military community has a responsibility to nurture safe and healthy communities. See 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 information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about common sexual behaviors of teenagers, as well as offering productive ways to begin conversations with your teenager.
- 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 such as deployments, divorce and grief.
- Safe Infant Sleep contains guidelines to help ensure safe sleep and decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
- Ages and Stages directs you to resources about your child’s development to help you know what to expect in 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 Through 5 looks at the stages of development and effective discipline methods for shaping behaviors with children ages 2 to 5, as well as when you as a military parent may need to seek help.
- Effective Discipline for School-Age Children: Ages 6 Through 9 reviews the stages of development and explores effective discipline methods for shaping behaviors with 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 ensuring 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 from birth to 18.
- Parenting for Veterans from the Defense Health Agency Connected Health is an anonymous, online self-help course. It 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 upon their existing parenting skills
- Pregnancy and New Parent Knowledge Management Program is a program from the Department of Defense and TRICARE that offers expecting families 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 up to the age of 5, 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 ready 24/7 to help you and your children grow safely and happily.
Contact us anytime, anywhere to see how we can answer any of your parenting questions and connect you to the military programs your family needs to live your best MilLife.