As a parent, one of your most important jobs is to raise children and teens who are prepared to cope in healthy ways with changing circumstances such as deployments, moves and new schools, as well as unexpected challenges such as the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
Military OneSource is available to help you parent at every stage, offering information about making moves easier for your children, helping you support your child at school and talking to your teens about important topics such as substance abuse and managing stress. Here are a few ways Military OneSource can help you develop strong, resilient children.
Military Kids Connect
Service members and their families have access to this engaging website, which connects military children through an online community, prepares youth for upcoming moves and offers fun through a variety of tools and games. Your children can even learn about their future home through the teen-led video tours available for many installations. Military Kids Connect also has information to help adults understand what it takes to support military children at home and at school. Check out the ways your children can connect with others who have been there.
- Military Kids Connect
- Military Kids Connect Teen Tours (Streaming on YouTube is currently blocked from Department of Defense networks.)
School support for your child
Giving your children a head start in their education and helping them safely navigate through the sometimes-tricky terrain of school is a top parenting priority. Contact your local school liaison for information specific to your installation. School liaisons work with families to help navigate school transitions, deployments, college questions and information including scholarship and grant resources, special education and compliance support for the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. Your school liaison can help you with wide range of education needs.
Military OneSource also offers parenting resources to help your children thrive at school. We can help you support your child by providing guidance on a successful transition to a new school, connecting you with tutoring information or helping you navigate standardized testing in high school.
- Ways to Support Your Children in School
- Helping Your Children Change Schools
- Coping with Standardized Testing Systems When You Change Schools
- Military OneSource education consultations
- Department of Defense Education Activity service-specific school liaison directories
- Building a Strong Relationship With Your Child’s School podcast
MWR Digital Library
The MWR Digital Library is a great resource to assist your child or teen with educational needs and make learning fun through its expansive, personalized and often interactive resources that reach across all levels of learning. You can:
- Gain access to tutors and connect your military child or teen with live online help across more than 16 subjects.
- Access video storybooks, audiobooks, eLearning tutorials and reading materials for practically all areas of learning.
- Find practice exams and other information to help students prepare for college.
Making moves easier for your children
Moving is part of military life, and it can be tough on children and teens. Military OneSource provides you with tips that can make your next move a smooth one. Plan ahead as much as possible. The more you talk about your new home ahead of time, the easier the relocation will be for your children — and you.
Managing teen stress
Teenage life can be very stressful, and this is especially true during the pandemic. There are many things to juggle including disruptions to learning schedules and shifting between socially distanced and virtual schooling methods, fitting in at school, managing class work and clubs, and dealing with a changing body and hormones. Your job is to help steer them through these tricky years. Military OneSource offers tips for recognizing stress in your teen and ways to help your adolescent manage emotions.
Child and youth behavioral military and family life counselors can be found at installation youth and child development centers as well as at military family support centers. Military and family life counselors are available to meet with military children and youth and their families to discuss self-esteem issues, relationships at home and school, behavioral issues, and changes at home such as deployment, reunion, divorce and grief. Child and youth behavioral counselors also support camps that create a safe and fun environment where children and teens can learn how to put their military-life strengths to use in their everyday lives.
Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or set up a live chat today for assistance with all your parenting needs. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options. If stress leads to more serious problems with your youth, contact your crisis help line immediately.
- Parenting and Teen Stress
- Draw Strength From Family Routines During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Child and Youth Behavioral Military and Family Life Counselors
- Chill Drills
- Military and Family Life Counseling Program
- Build Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development podcast
- Mental Health – Resources
Talking to your teen about difficult topics
It’s important to keep communication open with your teen about topics such as identifying and seeking treatment for substance abuse, maintaining healthy relationships, and managing part-time employment opportunities and taking on additional responsibilities. Review our tips on addressing these important issues with your adolescent and where you can go for some extra support if you need it.
- Talking to Your Military Teen About Substance Abuse
- Support Your Teen to Have Safe and Healthy Relationships
- Youth Employment – The Essentials
- Preparing Youth Adults for Their First Job – Strategies for Being a Good Employee
- Why Is Money Missing From My Paycheck? Introducing Your Teen to Taxes