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 children and, teaching life skills and building community, helping you support your child at school and encouraging you to talk to teens about important topics like substance abuse, managing stress, and establishing safe and healthy relationships. 

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Youth Sponsorship

Learn how youth sponsors and military youth programs can help transitioning military youth feel at home in their new community.

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How to Identify and Address Bullying Behavior

Bullying can inflict physical, psychological, social and educational harm on targeted individuals. Learn how to identify bullying behavior in youth and what parents can do to address and stop bullying.

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Getting the Most from Military Kids Connect

MilFams have access to Military Kids Connect, an engaging, fun website and online community that connects military youth to discuss upcoming moves, healthy relationships, wellness and more.

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MilParent Power Toolkit

MilParent Power helps military families build their readiness and resilience with tips and resources. Use this toolkit and its resources to support your MilFamilies.

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Help Your MilTeen Prep for Success

Military parents of teens can help their child learn basic professional dress and communication skills for applying for jobs and scholarships or exploring career paths.

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See What’s New With the Exceptional Family Member Program

Learn more about the EFMP & Me tool and other program highlights to improve the experience for military families with special needs.

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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.

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Helping Your Child Find a Mentor

Trusted adults can have the special gift of helping youth see and use their strengths and talents to navigate academic, career and life milestones. Explore mentorship options for your child.

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Defense Department Summer Camps

Have some activities planned to keep your children busy, engaged and having fun when school lets out. Defense Department summer camps may be a great addition to your child’s summer lineup.

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Military Youth and Teen Programs

When it comes to keeping kids busy with age-appropriate activities, military youth and teen programs offer something for every child, including organized activities, field trips, computer labs, music stations and workout rooms.

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New Military Parents: 8 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe, Happy and Healthy

Welcome to parenthood — probably the most rewarding and challenging job you’ll ever have. As a warrior, you’re trained to depend on your team to operate at your highest level. Parenting is a team effort as well. In addition to assistance from family, friends and community, you can rely on Military OneSource to be part of your parenting team.

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15 Tips for Helping Your Teenager Deal With Deployment

Patience, communication and extra care can go a long way in comforting a teenager who is dealing with deployment. Knowing how to respond as a parent to the feelings associated with deployment will ensure a successful transition for everyone.

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How to Help a Child Who Is Being Bullied

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, one in five students ages 12-18 experience bullying, which can be verbal, physical or electronic. Learn the signs and how you can help a child being bullied.

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Money Management Strategies for Military Children

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.

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Be a Trusted Adult to Protect Children and Teens

Learn how to be a trusted adult to help protect children and teens.

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Teach Your Kids Healthy Body Boundaries

Talking to your children about their bodies can help protect them from sexual abuse. From the time your children are quite young, have a conversation with them about who can touch them and what to do if they are uncomfortable with someone’s touch.

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Preparing Young Adults for Their First Job – Strategies for Being a Good Employee

So, your child is getting ready to look for work. Whether he or she is still in school or just starting the search, there are plenty of resources to help military families get a leg up in the job hunt

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America: 30 Years of Military Partnership

Help your kids meet new people, try new things and have fun with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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Cyberbullying: Recognizing the Signs and Helping Your Child

Find out more about cyberbullying, learn how you can help protect your children from electronic bullying behaviors and access resources to help when you suspect they may be engaging in the online bullying of others.

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Resources for Military Parents As COVID-19 Continues

Parents are facing a variety of new and ongoing challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Virus conditions keep changing, and work and school schedules vary. It’s easy to feel stressed about making the best choices for your family and bogged down by decision fatigue.

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Military Families: How You Can Advocate for Your Child With Special Needs

All parents advocate — speak on behalf of their child — for their child’s needs to teachers, doctors and others so their child can grow up happy and successful. Advocacy can include learning laws, finding resources and even representing your child to special program administrators, school boards and others.

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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.

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How to Teach Kids About Money In Your Busy MilLife

This article provides resources and practical ideas for teaching your kids money management skills.

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Talking to Your Teen About Substance Abuse

Substance abuse happens everywhere, including on and off military installations.

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Children and Youth Counseling Services Help 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.