Positive Impact of Transitions

Transitions are not always necessarily a cause for concern. Military families typically come to accept and commit to their new duty station. Of course, if parents are positive about the changes and provide support, it will help their children adjust as well. For parents, moves may represent an opportunity for career advancement or a chance to broaden horizons. For the children, such moves can also be exciting, and they are likely to develop skills that their civilian counterparts may not have, such as independence and broader cultural awareness. And, for teens especially, meeting new people and traveling to new places can be very rewarding. “Working With Military Children: A Primer for School Personnel” highlights several psychological studies that show despite the stress of separation, many positive impacts have been documented for military-connected children, including the following:

Maturity

Military-connected children have broader and more varied experiences than nonmilitary-connected children.

Growth

Military-connected children learn more about the world and how to function within a community at an earlier age.

Independence

Military-connected children tend to be more resourceful and self-motivated.

Flexibility

In an ever-changing environment, military-connected children often learn the importance of flexibility in dealing with day-to-day life.

Coping Skills

Military-connected children are more likely to build skills for adjusting to separation and losses faced later in life.

Strong Family Bonds

Military families make emotional adjustments during separations and relocations that often lead to the discovery of new sources of strength and support among themselves.