16 Ways You Know You Are Raising Children In A Military Family
I had exactly 13 months of raising children before we became a military family. When my husband joined the military in 2005, our oldest son was only a little over a year. All the parenting I have done after that has been within military life and culture, at least to some extent.
April is the month of the military child, here are 16 ways to know that you are raising children in a military family:
1. None of your children were born in the same place!
One in California, one in Tennessee, one in Germany, what’s so weird about that?
2. You have photos of your children in actual castles, one that is right down the street.
You still can’t get over that you used to live in a house down the street from a castle. Thank you overseas orders.
3. You have a kid-size pair of ACUs somewhere in your home.
You bought them when your husband first joined, and now all your kids have worn them for Halloween.
4. You can’t totally remember if your senior in high school started kindergarten when you were stationed at Fort Riley or if that happened after you moved to Fort Campbell.
Your memory is a little fuzzy back then, and it could have been either place really.
5. They are the cousins that family back home doesn’t quite know as well as the ones that live right there.
Sadly, this can happen because you just can’t seem to get orders for anywhere close to home.
6. Spending time with extended family is always so special because it doesn’t get to happen as often as you would like.
Yes, yes it is.
7. Turning 10 is an exciting day, your kids get their very own ID.
And make sure to always have it with you, in case you need it.
8. Your kids know what it is like to be the new boy or girl in class.
Being the new kid is never easy, but in some cases, they are not the only one living in a military town.
9. They also know what it is like to spend a few years in England and then spend a few years in Hawaii.
Or maybe it is more like a few years in Texas and then a few in Alaska. Military kids get to live in different places, and that can make for a pretty fantastic childhood.
10. Your children know what it means when mom gets a little teary and there seem to be more military bags around the house.
Children figure it out, and they know the signs of an upcoming deployment.
11. You have had to reassure a child that they will see their Dad soon, even though you know soon is in four months.
And part of your worries that they might never come back, but you never share that worry with your kids.
12. You have cursed out a bad internet connection because it is your son’s birthday and they wanted to share it with mom across the miles.
That is the worst; kids don’t always understand that it is the connection that is the problem, and not that their mom or dad doesn’t want to talk with them.
13. You have so many Daddy Dolls around the house that they could start their own preschool.
You get them before every deployment, and even sometimes in between.
14. Your children use pencils to do homework with USAA, NavyFed, and MWR on them.
You also get these free at every event or fair you have been to in the last five years. But hey, you never run out of these important homework tools.
15. You had at least one of your children during a deployment and thought you were pretty amazing for doing that without your spouse by your side.
Giving birth without your spouse isn’t easy, but we military spouses know doing so could be apart of the deal.
16. You know this life is difficult sometimes, but you also know there are so many amazing things that your kids will get to experience because of raising kids in a military family.
Some days, being a military family can be so hard, but that doesn’t mean military life is without its benefits. Serving your country means being apart of something important. And when you look back in the years to come, you will see how much your family has gained from being apart of the military community.