Month of the Military Child

Kara MacNeil

April is designated the Month of the Military Child to recognize and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle.

There are more than 64,000 children growing up in military families in Canada. A Snapshot of Military and Veteran Families in Canada: The Vanier Institute of the Family, 2016

Many children face the challenges of frequent transition, mobility, and separation throughout their lives.

April is a time to celebrate our military and veteran-connected children and show our gratitude for sharing their parent(s) with the country. Look for opportunities to show your appreciation for the military child in your life and continue to support the children of those who serve us all.

Helpful links and resources

Sesame Street for Military Families

These resources help military families and their young children cope with the challenges of deployment and build resilience in times of separation and change.

More information can be found at www.sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org

Kids Have Stress Too

Developed by The Psychology Foundation of Canada, the Kids Have Stress Too! program helps parents, caregivers and educators understand childhood stress and how to provide children with the tools to deal with stress effectively. It is a broad-based primary prevention program which provides parents, caregivers, and communities with the knowledge, awareness and skills to help young people become healthier and more resilient through learning how to manage their stress.

The program includes a range of resources designed for parents, those who work with young children in early learning settings, and for classrooms .

More information can be found at psychologyfoundation.org.

Military Kids Connect

An online community for military kids ages 6-18 to connect with and find support from other kids in similar circumstances. There are resources for educators and parents. http://militarykidsconnect.dcoe.mil/.

Zero to Three Military and Veteran Families Support

ZERO TO THREE works on behalf of infants and toddlers of military and veteran families. As the military continue to serve our nation, our mission to serve their youngest family members continues as well.

ZERO TO THREE has developed resources specially designed for military and veteran families and the professionals who serve them. With our 10 years of experience working with military families, we have developed tools for parents to use as they navigate the many transitions that are a part of military-connected life.

More information can be found at www.zerotothree.org/parenting/military-and-veteran-families-support.

Mind Masters

MindMasters is a research-based program that teaches simple and concrete techniques to help children manage stress and frustration, relax fully and develop a positive perspective.

These skills may be incorporated into existing children’s services, such as therapeutic, educational and recreational services or used by parents at home.

Guess what! There’s an app for that! Check out the Mind Masters App for iOS at itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindmasters-2/id1081558568?mt=8.