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Parenting Infants and Toddlers – The Essentials

Welcome to parenthood. It is the most rewarding and challenging job you’ll likely have. However, as a warrior, you are well trained and understand you need to rely on others for mission success. Military OneSource is part of your parenting support team, connecting you to valuable intel, resources and benefits so you can enjoy these first few years of parenthood.

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Expanded Hourly Child Care Service FAQs

The Department of Defense offers expanded hourly child care service for military families. Find answers to frequently asked questions here.

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The New Parent Support Program

The New Parent Support Program helps military parents, including expectant parents, transition successfully into parenthood and provides a nurturing environment for their children.

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How Military Parents Can Create Safe Sleeping Environments for Infants

One of the easiest ways for military parents to keep your children safe – and avoid the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS – is to arrange for a safe sleep place before your infant comes home from the hospital.

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How to Communicate With Children From Birth to 5 Years

The way your child communicates will change a lot between birth and the age of five, and children have a language of their own. Knowing what to expect can help you understand and respond to your child in meaningful ways.

Exceptional Family Members

The National Military Families Association strives to educate military families about their rights and about benefits and services available to them. The association also provides military families. …
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Understanding Your Child’s Development: An Overview for Military Parents

Each phase of a child’s life comes with different joys and challenges. Learning about your child’s developmental stage is one way to become an even better parent. By having the right information at the right time, you can help your child grow and learn. Here are some tips for better understanding and supporting your child’s growth, no matter the age or stage.

Parent Support Websites

These resources include information on adoptions, new parent support systems and other tools to help first-time parents. Adoption. …
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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.

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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.

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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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New MilParent – The Essentials

New MilParent is a Military OneSource specialty consultation designed specifically for expectant parents and parents of children up to 5 years of age.

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Potential Signs of Postpartum Depression

While the “baby blues” are common for many women after giving birth, some face a more severe and prolonged state of sadness and anxiety known as postpartum mood disorders. Help is available.

Child Development and Education

Child Development ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to “promote the healthy development of our nation’s infants and toddlers.” The organizaton’s. …

Education Resources

Service providers and leaders working with military families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program can use this list of education resources to support the military community.

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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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Military OneSource’s New MilParent Specialty Consultation

If you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby or are currently parenting a young child, you may be ready to lean on your support system. Parenting is an adventure – but it’s not one to be taken alone. New military parents need back-up from their family, friends, unit and the entire military community.