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Parents & Guardians – The Essentials
Family relationships require extra care when you’re in the military. From welcoming your first child to parenting through deployment or leaving your children with a guardian, you’ll find resources on Military OneSource to help you and your family live your best MilLife.
Use the following resources for military parenting and guardian information and support.
New Parent Support Program
The New Parent Support Program helps military parents, including expectant parents, provide a nurturing environment for their children. Services include prenatal classes, parenting classes, home visits, playgroups and, if needed, referrals to other resources. The program services are available at no charge for active-duty service members, including National Guard and reserve, and their families.
Another great resource for new and expectant parents is the Military OneSource New MilParent specialty consultation. Access expert advice on parenting issues including sleep challenges, potty training, single parenthood, child care and more.
Other Military OneSource general parenting resources include:
- 12 Can’t-Miss Parenting Resources for Military Parents
- Children, Youth & Teens — Benefits
- Children, Youth & Teens — Resources
- Parent Support Websites
Single parenting during deployment
While your spouse is deployed, you may face emotional, financial and day-to-day adjustments that can put a strain on your parenting skills. Your installation’s Military and Family Support Center is a good resource for information about deployment support, family readiness groups, child care and youth programs, free confidential non-medical counseling, and much more.
Learn more about other available parenting support during deployment in the following resources:
- Military Deployment Support
- Parenting Through Deployment — The Essentials
- Deployment Resources for Families
- The Department of Defense Offers Expanded Hourly Child Care Service
- Military Child Care Programs
- How School Liaisons Help Students Realize Education Goals and More
Leaving your child with a caregiver during deployment
If you have to leave your children with a caregiver during deployment, planning for their care while you are away is a top priority. Learn more about:
- How to Create a Family Care Plan for Caregivers
- Leaving Your Children With a Caregiver During Deployment
- Securing the Homefront: Deployment-Related Legal Paperwork
Caring for a deployed service member’s child
If you will be caring for a service member’s child or children during deployment, make sure you understand the service member’s wishes and some of the potential challenges awaiting you. Also, make sure you have the service member’s family care plan and other important legal documents.
As a legal guardian, you may be eligible for resources and support services available through the Military Family Readiness System, the Exceptional Family Member Program (for children with special needs) and Military OneSource. If you have questions about how to help children deal with issues that may arise from separation, reach out to your installation Military and Family Support Center. They can connect you with expert assistance from the Military and Family Life Counseling Program.
Still have questions or need assistance? Military OneSource consultants are available 24/7 to help connect you with the resources and support you need. Call 800-342-9647, use OCONUS calling options or start a live chat.