Have a parent in the military? Or maybe you grew up in a military family? There are a lot of reasons to be thankful to be one of the 2 million kids who can say, “My mom/dad is in the military!”
You already know there are some pretty awesome things that come with being a military family but this isn’t your traditional list of “the chance to travel” or “the family we’ve made out of friends.” No, these are a few things that make life pretty cool as a military kid – things we don’t think about as much.
Would you agree? Military kids can be thankful for:
- A spirit of adventure. Military families see a sign for the “World’s Biggest Ball of String” on the road and just know they have to stop off and see it on their way to grandma’s house. From side trips to big adventures, the Type A personality that many military families exhibit means they don’t shy away from going someplace new. That’s pretty awesome.
- The willingness to volunteer. Chances are your mom or dad has stepped up for a big role in your sports team, scouting group, religious organization, etc… Military families are notorious for helping out. You should be thankful for this spirit because it allows kids, like you, to experience youth sports and activities.
- Pride of service. You are part of a small group of people who hold the responsibility for the protection of our nation. Your mom may serve in the National Guard and go off to help people during a natural disaster. Your dad may deploy overseas to fight in an important conflict. Maybe your parent flies a refueling plane. But you, as a military kid, are also an important part of all of this equation – you can be proud that you are helping at home so your parent can concentrate on their important job.
- The simple stuff. A meal together. A dad who is home. A nice bed to sleep in (and not an air mattress during a move). Sometimes not having something makes it all the sweeter when you do have it. Appreciating the simple stuff is a tremendous asset in appreciating things more as we get older. Be thankful that you can see the beauty in the simple stuff.
- Mental toughness. Military families go through moves, deployments, and lots of change. While we tend to think these are all a detriment to military kids, one could also say these challenges can help us become stronger and closer as a family. Yes, it is tough. But the challenges in life also make us grow as people and prepare us for future challenges. Your childhood in a military family can be an asset to your life as an adult.
- Cool sayings (and shirts). From well-known military mottos to the words from a cadence, the sayings and stuff the sayings go on, are usually heard and worn by military kids. Who doesn’t have a least a couple of unit or branch shirts and maybe some stuff from installation celebrations? Those sayings and shirts may seem cheesy, but they let you know you are a part of something big and a part of history.
- An understanding of sacrifice. When you know what it takes to keep this country safe, or how much strength and fortitude it requires to help people during disasters – then you appreciate what you have a little bit more.
- Opportunities for education. From a transferring the GI Bill to fund a child’s education to scholarships just for military kids, there is a lot of funding available to kids of service members for their education. This funding can open up doors that may have never been available to you if you weren’t part of a military family.
- Inside access to special places. From going on base or post, to inside of the commissary, to a chance to go inside the White House and meet the President, or being a part of a local event for military families. Military kids often get to go places other kids don’t have access to or the chance to visit. Your ticket: your special status as a military kid.
I am thankful to be a military kid!
While my life may not be easy, it is a life I am thankful for!
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