Military Children

By Miriam Peregrino, Taylor Sharp, and Elizabeth Zabel

Who Are Military Children?

Military children are the children of a parent (or parents) serving full-time in the armed forces, and can also refer to the unique subculture and lifestyle of American military.

Possible Effects of Deployment on the Child

-Confusion

-Lack of long term connections

-Lack of involvment in school activities

-Lack of stability

-Separation anxiety

-Distress

Signs of Distress in a Child

-Increased crying/tearfulness

-Clinging to favorite toy or blanket

-Becoming very quiet

-May experience an increase in violent behavior

-Irritable or crabby

-Drop in grades

-Anger

-Complaining

-Does not want to go to school

Tips and Strategies for Teachers of Military Children

-Each month, invite the student to pick out a paper or project they are most proud of and send it to their deployed parent

-Be understanding

-Have a military parent or spouse come in to talk to the class

-Challenge them

-Treat them with respect

-Put them in groups so new military students will get to know other students

-Communicate with the parent that is at home about how the student is doing at home and in the classroom

Websites

About the Military-

http://www.military.com/


For Families-

Military Impacted Schools Association:

http://militaryimpactedschoolsassociation.org/


For Children-

Military Kids Connect:

https://www.militarykidsconnect.org/


Books for Parents-

The Military Father: A Hands On Guide For Deployed Dads by Armin A. Broth

The Military Family's Parent Guide for Supporting Your Child in School by Ron Astor


Books for Teachers-

Deployment: Strategies for Working with Kids in Military Families by Karen Petty


More Books About Military Families-

Resources for Children, Teachers, and Families Affected by Military Deployment:

http://www.naeyc.org/files/wc/file/200803/BTJ_Military_Deploy_Resources.pdf