In the theme of April’s Month of the Military Child, I want to share six great things about our mil-kids, because frankly, they are just so darn awesome!
- They have gained some incredible experiences
These children have traveled near and far and made friends with children from all over the country and possibly even the world. Some have lived in foreign countries barely able to speak the native language, and overcame adversity to thrive. They don’t grow up in one place with little diversity and only one set of views. Instead, they have developed a wealth of experiences and learned how to adapt to people, places, and situations.
- They are admirable citizens
They feel patriotism as they honor the flag their parents are protecting. So many are engaged in their communities, creating better worlds for the next generation, and proving that one CAN make a difference.
- They are brave
Pretty much every mil-kid have had to say goodbye to a parent knowing that they would be gone for a month or more. Most have had to do this multiple times and have learned to put on a brave face and pretended not to cry. Instead, they step up and take some of the load off of their parent left behind, being brave for both themselves and mom or dad.
- They never asked for this lifestyle
I have never met a military kid who woke up one day and said, “Hey Mom/Dad, can you join the military so I can move every 2-4 years and leave my friends?” It’s certainly tough for these kiddos to pack up and leave their friends behind, especially when it wasn’t their choice; but it is the lifestyle that they know.
While our mil-kids might need some extra hugs to get them through some sadder nights; most of the time you might never guess one of their parents is deployed as they have smiles across their faces and big laughs. They definitely miss their parent every day; but they have grown strong throughout these training and deployment periods.
- They are resilient
Their experiences have fostered strength of character which creates opportunities to take on higher levels of responsibility. This resiliency will carry on through their adult lives and carry them through these periods of adversity to better days on the other side.
Above all, military kids are some of the most resilient, diverse, and extraordinary group of kids I have ever witnessed. They are uniquely bonded to each other, and have special characteristics that help them overcome challenges. Instead of feeling sorry for the lifestyle they live, give them a big “high five” for how awesome they truly are.
About the Author: Kim Robertson is an Air Force spouse, a mother of a tween, and the author of 1200 Miles Away, a blog she started when her husband received orders for California and Kim and her daughter stayed in Colorado. Kim currently serves as an Advisor to the Military Family Advisory Network. Kim has also written for NextGenMilSpouse.com and the National Military Family Association and is a Scout for the Military Property Project, a program that helps military families invest in real estate.