Month of the Military Child

Military Life

April is the month of the military child. It is a month that is very dear to us because we have two boys of our own. Everyone knows military life can be challenging especially with deployments but for the kids, that’s just the start of the challenge. My husband is going on 6 years in the Army so this is the only life my kids know.

  • Military families move every 2-3 years. In a 20 year career that means a family could move close (or more) than 10 times!
  • On average military kids will attend 6 to 9 DIFFERENT schools. My son is currently on his third and he’s in first grade.
  • Block leave is only twice a year meaning on average kids only see their family (grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and etc) twice a year.
  • The average deployment lasts from 9 to 12 months. Before kids are able to tell time and learn dates, this is probably the longest times of their lives.
  • The official flower of the military child is a dandelion. (Click here to see why. )

 

Lorenzo with his certificate from school.

Lorenzo’s Journey

I thought during this month I’d sit down with my oldest and talk. I asked him some questions on how he feels and what he thinks about this life.
  • What is your dad’s job?
“He works in the army and he works on tanks.”
  • What do you think your dad does at work?
“He probably cleans guns and writes papers.”
  • How old were you when he left for the first time?
“About 3?” (Close he was 1 and a half)
  • What’s the longest you’ve been away from your dad?
“One year” (Again, close but it was 9 months)
  • What’s the hardest part about when your dad is gone?
“He can’t give me hugs or kisses. He doesn’t get to say goodnight”
  • What is your favorite thing to stay busy when your dad is gone?
“School because it keeps me REALLY busy.”
  • What is the best part about the military life?

“Meeting new friends.”

  • What is the worst part about the military life?

“That Dad is always leaving.”

  • What are some ways to help you when you’re feeling sad?
“I just imagine he’s here with me” (At this point I was crying)
  • What are some ways you help around the house when dad is gone?
“Cleaning the playroom and sometimes I make my bed.”
  • If you could say one thing to your dad right now, what would it be?
“I would just say, I love you.”

 

 

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