Raising Children | Parenting Teens
As a parent, your job is to raise children and teens to cope in healthy ways with 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 teens about important topics like substance abuse and managing stress.
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Back-to-School Planning During COVID-19
Transition smoothly from summer to school by making a great game plan for the school year with your child. By doing so, you can help your child establish a sense of ownership in the plan to prepare them for – and perhaps even get excited about – going back to school.
Supporting Military Children During the New School Year
As a friend or family member, you can help the military family in your life rise to the challenges of schooling during COVID-19 by letting them know you are there to listen to their concerns and to help in any way you can.
FAQ and Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers: Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth
Connect with support and resources for families impacted by problematic sexual behavior in children and youth.
Thrive Helps Military Parents and Children
THRIVE is a free, online program for parents of children from birth to 18. It promotes positive parenting, stress management and healthy living.
Parenting and Teen Stress
Teens juggle many things: fitting in at school, managing classwork and clubs, the daily tidal wave of hormones, and the ups and downs of high school romances.
Getting the Most from Military Kids Connect
Military kids get to develop skill sets other kids never learn. As a parent, that’s your job — helping your kids cope in healthy ways to changing circumstances.
MilParent Power Tips
Parenting is a perfect example of family readiness and resilience – it’s an “always-on” job. Like a military mission, responsible parenting requires attention, smarts, skills and support. Here are 19 tips to help you step up your parenting and improve your childrearing skills. Everyone wins with responsible parenting.
How to Support Healthy Sexual Relationships for Your Military Teenager
Military parents or guardians like you can maximize the chances of your teenager having happy and healthy relationships in high school and beyond by learning about the emotional and health problems that can arise from common unhealthy sexual behaviors, as well as what healthy teenage relationship behaviors are.
Understanding Dating Violence
Dating is exciting — there's no doubt about it. And when you're new to it, it can be hard to recognize a good date or a good relationship versus an unhealthy one.
Health and Wellness Coaching for Teens
Help your teen get on track to good health and fitness. Health and wellness coaching is available for those 13 and older.
Children and Technology: 5 Tips for MilParents
Parenting today means staying in the know and up to date on technology with all of its gadgets and apps – and being able to guide its use in your home.
The Military Parenting Community: Enhancing Resilience One Family at a Time
Raising a child can be the most exhilarating of adventures. It can also be exhausting, overwhelming or relentless — sometimes all at the same time.
MilParent Power is Help for Parents
MilParent Power offers helpful information and practical tools to help busy military parents build family togetherness, readiness and resilience.
Ways to Secure More Parenting Wins
MilParent Power offers tools, tips and tactics to help keep children and families healthy, safe and strong.
Helping Your Child Find a Mentor
Sometimes other adults have the special gift of helping our children see and use their strengths and talents. This is mentorship.
Healthy Sexual Behaviors in Children
The birds and the bees. It can be a tough conversation for any parent to have with their children. Rather than avoiding it, prepare early by understanding the childhood stages of healthy sexual growth. Understanding their development stages can better prepare you for “the conversation” and any questions they may ask you about gender, sexuality and relationships along the way.
MilParent Power: Keeping Your Children Safe
In many ways parenting is a lot like a military job: it’s a 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year commitment.
Understanding Your Child’s Development: An Overview for Military Parents
Children change quickly. Suddenly your sleeping infant is an independent 3-year-old. Before you know it, your kid is off to high school.
Top Military OneSource Parenting Resources
You have a busy life working, caring for the kids, cleaning the house, running carpool and making dinner. Military OneSource understands that and does your homework for you. We highlight the latest resources, information and advice on parenting so that you don’t have to spend hours at the computer on your downtime looking up services.
Making the Move Easier for Military Kids
Moving with kids can be a little like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. A little perspective and patience is needed for you to fit all the pieces together.
How to Teach Your Military Child About Healthy Boundaries
The best way for military families to show children healthy boundaries is to model it yourself – both with them and with other adults. Here’s a list of some common ways you can help your children learn to build this resilient skill in everyday family life.
10 Outdoor Games Your Children Will Love
Kids love playing outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to go to the park every day. Here are 10 outdoor activities that can help your children burn off energy, learn basic skills and have a good time.
Tools for Parenting After a Suicide
You do not have to handle the grief of a suicide all by yourself. Help is available to you.
Ways to Support Your Kids in Grade School
As the guardian of your family, you want to both protect your children and help them be their best. Helping them to learn and grow is a big way to achieve both goals.
Indoor Fun Helps Military Families Beat Cabin Fever
During the cold winter months, opportunities to take your children outdoors for fun may be limited. But don't worry, there are plenty of ways to fight cabin fever. Here are 11 tried-and-tested activities that can help children burn off energy, learn basic skills and have a good time.
Helping Your Children Change Schools
Frequent moving to new duty stations is fact of military life. Be prepared to help your school-age children with changing schools—it can go a long way to helping them adjust in healthy ways to some of the routines of military life.
Bullying: How to Identify and Address Peer Aggression
Bullying, or peer aggression, is more common than you think. It consists of any behavior – verbal or physical – directed at peers and intended to cause harm.
Child Counseling Helps Kids Develop Healthy Habits
As a parent of a military youth, you can help your children learn how to develop healthy ways to deal with stress and life’s curveballs.
7 Tips for Teaching Teens Money Management
It’s never too early to start teaching your kids about money. Encourage them to collect their allowance in a piggy bank whenever they start earning one.
How to Create and Maintain Routines
Most children thrive with routine. Little people crave a sense of control, especially with regard to sleeping and eating Routines are especially important for children who have difficulty with transitions.
Talking to Your Teen About Substance Abuse
Substance abuse happens everywhere, including on and off military installations.
How to Talk to a Child About a Parent’s Severe Injury
Telling your child about a parent's severe injury is a delicate issue that often requires some preparation and guidance.