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  •  Military kids have other support systems in place. (3+ / 0-)
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    elfling, Bronx59, Amor Y Risa

    The military provides counseling for moving families and also lots of information about their new location.

    Because there is almost always a military community waiting for them when they get there, integration is easier. Also, parents aren't concerned with issues like unemployment. They know they will be getting a paycheck and will find a place to live even if they have to hunt for it.

    Civilian communities could learn lots of lessons from the military support system. Many of our moving families don't have a lot of money and changing school to school can be hard for many kids, even with the support systems in place. Recently, many staffs at schools near military bases have been offered classes in military family support, specifically about deployment issues.

    But the most important thing communities can do is support the parents through the move. If parents feel confident it flows down to the kids. If parents feel worried, the kids feel that too.

    (ps - I'm the mom of two military kids and a military brat myself)

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