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.
You may provide child care, health care, mental health services, or family support. ZERO TO THREE’s guide, Honoring Our Babies and Toddlers: Supporting Young Children Affected By a Military Parent’s Deployment, Injury, or Death, will support you in building respectful, responsive relationships with family members.
November offers a number of opportunities to celebrate and honor the sacrifices that service members, Veterans, and their families have made to protect our freedoms. November has been designated as Military Family Month, and Veteran’s Day takes place on November 11. ZERO TO THREE has developed a comprehensive array of resources to support early childhood professionals in their efforts to address the unique circumstances, strengths, and challenges of military-connected families. We hope you will take advantage of these resources to inform your own efforts on behalf of military-connected families and their very young children!