Happy MilSpouse Monday! Since April is the Month of the Military Child, I wanted to chat with y’all about another free resource for military kids that is just so darn good. Sesame Street For Military Families. Yup the same Sesame Street you probably watched growing up. They have an entire website of content dedicated to helping military kids cope with the unique challenges they face.
Sesame Street For Military Families
While my son is still too young to really know our military life is unusual, that won’t be the case forever. As a parent, the thought of explaining to him why we move more often than “normal” people or why dad has to be gone for months at a time can seem really really overwhelming. We want to do the best for our kids, but I think we sometimes have some of the same questions. Deployments, separations, and PCSing are emotionally draining. Try coping with your emotions then also explain to your toddler that everything is ok.
Or let Sesame Street help you!
Sesame Street For Military Families has incredible resources. There are videos and printable. They provide relatable messages for military kids as well as tips for families to help their kids with the transitions! Again, we haven’t fully explored the site or used it with Oliver. But from poking around I know it will be something we use frequently as he gets older.
We all know deployments are rough on military families, so naturally Sesame Street has resources for that. But they also have resources for homecomings/redeployment. Because the fact of the matter is that things change while the service member is away. And putting together all the pieces when they return can be a challenge. It’s a happier challenge than deployment for sure. However, I think we are mostly reluctant to admit that there are challenges because we “should” be happy. The spouse/parent is home so things should be good. But there are going to be bumps along the way and the Sesame Street resources makes it feel more “ok” to admit to the challenges. Using these resources can also make it easier to go into the homecoming period with more realistic expectations and an idea of how to manage the challenges before they arise.
Military life has plenty of challenges. Knowing there are resources avialble to help us help our kids is a huge relief. I am so grateful to Sesame Street for Military Families for the help they provide! Since there is no easy answer most of the time, I encourage you to check out this amazing resource to help you through the tough stuff!
Do you use the tools on Sesame Street for Military Families? Has it had a positive impact on your military kids? I would love to hear from you in the comments!