As a military member, you experience frequent change. Whether that is in the form of relocating to a new assignment, multiple deployments, or transitioning out of the service, these changes can be difficult on even the strongest member. If you have a family, it is important to remember that they too are affected by these changes.
In times of stress it is important to maintain everyday routines, keeping lines of communication open and reaching out for help if needed. These strategies will not only help the individual, your partner, but also your young family members.
Sesame Street has been committed to meet the needs of American military families for 11 years now. Recently they announced the release of Sesame Street for Military Families: Transitions. The Department of Defense (DoD) assisted the Sesame Workshop in conducting research on this effort by organizing focus groups with transitioning families in 2015 at installations across the nation. They were also informed by extensive research and recommendations from parents and caregivers plus child development and military advisers.
The Sesame Street for Military Families website offers materials to help parents and kids cope with the unique military lifestyle. Below are a small list of some resources that Sesame Street has made available, for FREE, featuring the characters your kids have come to love and materials for parents to help them cope.
Join us for a brief workshop during your lunch hour. Feel free to bring you own lunch, beverages will be provided.
This month’s topic will be parenting classes and resources available for FREE to the Ellsworth Community.
Open to anyone with base access. Please call 385-4663 to register!
Our partners at Youth & Family Services are offering a FREE Parent University Workshop on Saturday, September 27th from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at General Beadle Community School in Rapid City.
This is the 20th year for the local adults only workshop. After a keynote speaker, they will be offering two breakout sessions with classes on topics such as:
- Reclaiming the Teen Brain (ages 12-18)
- Keeping Kids Safe (all ages)
- Picking Your Battles (all ages)
- Love and Logic Parenting (all ages)
- Managing Difficult Behaviors in Young Children (ages 1-8 yrs)
- Internet Safety (ages 9-18 yrs)
- When the Worst Happens (all ages)
Check-in or registration begins at 8:00am and they will also offer a light breakfast at that time with Starbucks coffee and water provided. Download their flyer for more information.
No child care will be provided.
By now those of you with school age kids have probably already made it home and attempted the “how was school today” conversation.
As a child my answer to my parents was always “fine,” “good,” or “alright,” but never much more. My mother would always have follow-up questions such as “what did you learn today?” as she attempted to get more than a one word answer out of me. Again my answer was the usual “nothing.” You may have done the same with your parents, but now you are on the other side of the table. So what do you do?
Liz Evans, of the blog Simple Simon and Company, used to be a teacher and now has three kids. She too wanted more than a one word answer, so she came up with a list of 25 Ways To Ask Your Kids How Was School Today without asking “How was school today?”
After an overwhelming response to her original post, she added more questions for older kids in 25 Ways to Ask Your Teens ‘How Was School Today?’ WITHOUT asking them ‘How Was School Today?’.
All the school districts in the Ellsworth AFB area start back on Monday, August 25th. The Holderness family, has created a back-to-school parody called “Baby Got Class” rewriting Sir Mix-A-Lot’s hit “Baby Got Back.” Enjoy!