Moving Your Family to a New Military Station?
Moving and displacing your children can be damaging to their social skills and emotional health. But, if you are in the military, sometimes you do not have a choice.
The following tips can help you make military moves as painless for you and your family as possible.
Think of the Kids
More than half of military children, up to 60 percent, are school age. That means every time you move, you are taking your child out of one school and forcing him or her to adjust to another.
Military housing privatization, or cheaper, military only homes, may be an option. Always being the new kid is not fun. Other military children will know how your child feels.
Do Your Research
Depending on the size of the community, you will have to choose whether to live in civilian housing or military housing on base.
Research your new hometown as soon as you get wind of a new station. Military rentals and military homes may be scarce in larger towns. If that is the case, some families choose to life off base.
Seek Out Your Community
Whether you are among the 70 percent of military families living in a civilian home or reaping the benefits of military housing privatization, you are not alone.
An excellent resource for meeting other military families and making new friends right away is the internet or, specifically, social media websites. Military families in your new town can even give you their two cents on the best places to live. Read more here: www.militarytownadvisor.com