Honoring Our Military and Veterans’ Families: November Is Military Family Month
Military parents have a wide array of strengths and skills and want the best for their children. However, corrosive stress, the experience of combat, and injuries (visible and invisible) can make it difficult for parents to function as they did before.
Service members and spouses may feel overwhelmed or distracted. A parent may become depressed—unable to access feelings of competence or hope. Family life may become disorganized.
All these are natural responses to difficult situations. However, these changes can disrupt family relationships and a baby or toddler’s sense of safety, security, and self. For children under 3 years old, whose brains are literally being wired cognitively and emotionally, early relationships with parents and other caregivers are laying the foundation for the future. This is where you come in.