A new 2009 study about how Military Kids cope with deployment, shows that several things make for good coping. Paula and I could have saved them a lot of research money, but that aside, Here are the things that lower the stress and help make kids strong!
*Keeping kids active, sports in particular were helpful
* A Strong Military Family
*(and this is the one they said they were most surprised about,but that Paula and I could have told them for free)…Patriotic kids, who understand that the deployed parent is doing a job that has purpose and makes a difference in the world, cope best.
The fact that kids understand why a parent does what they do, and that it is important and valuable to America, makes them better able to cope with multiple deployments.
This study is important to us at Wee The People Publishing. It is the core of what we do with our books and resources for children.
We seek to bring comfort and honor to the children of our Military.
It is nice to know that what we felt in the beginning is correct, that children need to know that America stands behind what their parents do, and that we know and appreciate that the sacrifice is not easy. Thank you to all the children,who can stand proudly and shout “WE SERVE TOO!”
Thank you to The authors of the study, Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras of the U.S. Army War College.