Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How to Keep Your Kids Happy - Even in a Military Family

A guest post

If you're a service member, keeping kids - and your spouse, for that matter - happy is a constant exercise, the kind of everyday work that requires attention to detail, diplomacy, courtesy and effective communication. Psychologists recommend several techniques to establish tighter and better bonds with kids in general, and the offspring of service members in particular.

Enjoying Parent-Child Time 

Try to spend quality time with your kids and make the best of that time spent together. Considering that you could be gone for several weeks - even months or years, depending on your service - making the best of the little time you have with your offspring is a smart move. For example, you can plan fun activities, quiet periods, reading sessions and, even, romantic interludes with your spouse to make your kids feel the bond between their parents. 

Military Networking 

Join community activities and military groups. By interacting with other service members, and having your kids and spouses meet other families, you boost chances that your family can better understand the military life. Military networks also can help keep your kids' morale up when you're deployed - or, worse, wounded in combat. 

Showing Constant Affection 

Display affection to your children as often as possible, even if you're physically not present. In the era of the Internet, social networking and the miscellany of devices that go from tablets and mobile phones to tablets, you can keep in touch with your family wherever you are. The key is constancy in what you do. The last thing you want is to communicate every now and then, such as on a child's birthday, on Father's Day or during the Thanksgiving holiday season. 

Establishing Important Moments 

Depending on your rank and service, you might be entitled to time off around school vacation periods. Take advantage of that reprieve and spend some quality vacation time with your kids. 

Author:  This article was written by Marquis C. on behalf of SET Financial (www.setfinancial.com), a online community lender based in South Carolina. Marquis is a New York-based author, freelance writer, investor and banker. He has authored articles since 2000, covering topics such as politics, technology and business. A certified public accountant and certified financial manager, Marquis received a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University, majoring in investment analysis and financial management.

1 comment:

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