Is your child growing up in a military household? With one or both parents deployed? Does your boy want to be a soldier when he grows up? Or does he dream of flying a fighter jet when he’s older?
Growing up as a military brat has it perks and downsides. There is adventure in frequent moves and talk of where Mom is now and what she’s doing overseas. And sadness over goodbyes to friends. Or bedtime tears when hugs can’t be given to each parent. The military child harnesses a completely different set of skills and experiences that civilian households don’t even realize they’re missing.
The military child grows up with unique experiences and adventures. They have stories to tell that seem fictitiously surreal to their civilian friends. And those experiences manifest themselves in different ways. Perhaps your boy plays with airplanes and helicopters non-stop. Non-stop, as in they must always be in his hands. When bathing or brushing his teeth. In the car or grocery shopping, he must be holding that airplane. And Lord help you if it gets lost.
Or has being a military child made your daughter more introspective and quiet? Does she silently take everything in from her little niche, just rolling with the punches and never complaining?
However your child handles having a parent in the military and grows more uniquely and strongly because of it should be celebrated. In timeless portraits or every day moments. That will remind you of the wonderful child she was. Photographs in an album, that one day you will look back upon and think to yourself, “Well, it’s no wonder she is who she is now! I should have known then.”