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’s JourneyI 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?
- What do you think your dad does at work?
- How old were you when he left for the first time?
- What’s the longest you’ve been away from your dad?
- What’s the hardest part about when your dad is gone?
- What is your favorite thing to stay busy when your dad is gone?
- 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?
- What are some ways you help around the house when dad is gone?
- If you could say one thing to your dad right now, what would it be?