Month of the Military Child: A Seven Year Old’s Perspective of These Times

by Lyndsi Jamison
Stripes Korea

I highly encourage parents everywhere with kids of all ages to have their children write down their thoughts about our current situation. These events will be in history books before our young ones graduate high school, and these are trials unlike anything we have lived through on a global level before. In the future, it will be something they can pass down to their own children and discuss what it was like for them to live through this. Not only that, but it can open parent’s eyes as to what their children are feeling right now, enabling them to calm their fears. I had no idea my son was worried about our family in Louisiana until he wrote this. 

There are several ways to go about this, and no one way is more right over another. Kids can write freestyle. Parents can ask them questions and write down what their kids say. They can record them on video. Kids can draw pictures of how they are feeling. As the saying goes, you’re only limited by your imagination. So get to drawing, get to writing, and record these moments. Calm their fears and make it a magical time for them to remember. 

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Let’s celebrate Month of the Military Child by sharing your story. Your stories don’t have to be long, but don’t feel like it has to be short, either. Just tell us what’s on your mind. 

Stories will be…

  • Featured on our website militarychild.stripes.com.
  • Printed in Stars and Stripes Pacific’s community papers (submit by April 15).

Submit today: militarychild.stripes.com or email to militarychild@stripes.com

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