Advice for new military parents
Being in the military is a career choice which requires some sacrifices along the way. It is never easy, especially if a loved one is deployed oversees, or has to be away from home for extended periods of time. Becoming parents is one of the most amazing things in the world, but it also means major changes in the day-to-day life of a military family. Here is some advice for new military parents.
First of all, it changes the family dynamic since the person staying at home often has to juggle the household duties and the baby on their own. It can be exhausting and social support becomes even more important at this time.
Secondly, the possibility of prolonged deployments in the military is very real, and not seeing the other half after having a baby is a sacrifice military families have to make. Being open about feelings is essential. Communication is key. Talking opening can be all the couple needs to show each other that things are going to be all right.
It is important to talk to each other and to other family members who can help support the new family. There are also military family support groups around that offer counseling, assistance, and simply someone from the same background to talk to. There is no shame in asking for help. Do it for your child.
Living on a base is not much easier. Even if there are other parents to talk to, it can be isolating and lonely at times. Creating an unofficial network of support on the base can help boost spirits and give parents something to do when their loved ones are busy or away.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to prepare your family for the hardships that often accompany being part of a military family. But if you look carefully, you’ll see that plenty of people are willing to help.