Helping Military Children Understand PTSD

Compliments to Battle BARE. I found this picture on Pintrest and thought it fitting.

Compliments to Battle BARE. I found this picture on Pintrest and thought it fitting.

As we celebrate April the month of the Military Child it is only fitting to address an issue that each military child will confront as their parents come home, PTSD. This can be a very sensitive issue to all parties involved but helping the kiddos understand why Mom or Dad is agitated will allow them to be comfortable while the healing begins.

Some of the signs you may see in your elementary-age child is aggressiveness at school or even acting like the parent with PTSD. You may see your young child take on the role of care-taker and change overnight to acting more “grown up” then they really are. Teenagers are a different sort, with the raging hormones and more access to negative ways to cope like drugs & alcohol amongst others. These are all signs to look for but, again, you know your child so if you notice any sudden changes in them start a conversation to promote understanding.

The first step is have a talk with them to help your child make sense of why the parent is acting strangely. This is so important because just like adults we internalize the attitudes around us and children may end up thinking it is their fault.  Talking with them assures that this is not the case and gives a chance to try and explain why their parent is hurting – without having to go through the gory details.

In addition seek help that involves the entire family. I know this is a difficult one because of the stigma of seeking help through therapy.  Yet it is family therapy that helps the parent who suffers from PTSD as well as allowing the family members to find ways to get the support they need as well. This kind of group therapy is best after the parent with PTSD has already received trauma therapy first. This way the parent can help the child during their therapy sessions.

Also give your child positive outlets to express their feelings. This is what I call a center.  This is something they can center themselves around to help when negative feelings arrive. Some get into sports, dance classes, church activates, painting or writing, follow your child’s instincts to help them channel their emotions.

There are so many resources out there to guide you and your children through these challenging times. This biggest thing is for you to find out as much as possible about PTSD so you can help move your family forward in a positive direction. World Education.net offers a course to help students in many different areas of understanding PTSD and other disabilities. Our Professional Enrichment short courses will not break the bank but help you grow in your personal or professional life.  To learn more, chat with an advisor live on our website www.worldeducation.net, or call us at 1-855-201-6910.

 

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PCS Proof your Kids

 

PCSAs military parents know, not all children react to change the same way.  So when the PCS orders come through and you need to make that change, there are a few things you need to consider to ease the transition. No matter if your child sees it as a new adventure or your teenager thinks you’ve ruined their life, these tips to PCS proof your kids will keep everyone sane.

  1. Get them involved in the move: The more they know the less scary it will be. Give them a chance to look at the houses you might be moving into. Find pictures of the attractions, parks, schools, and the city. Show them how to find fun activities in the area that they would like to get involved in.
  2. Check your attitude: Your children are the reflection of what you are feeling. Make sure you are the role model of how you would like them to act towards the big move. Recent studies have shown that the mother’s attitude towards military life directly affect their children’s views as well. So remain calm and positive!
  3. Goodbye is not forever: With Skype, FaceTime, and other social media, the kids have ways to keep in touch with their friends. Saying goodbye does not have to be sad — have a party at the house, or do a skating or bowling party. Let your kids say a happy goodbye. Give out your e-mail address and social media account information to help stay in touch.
  4. Try to keep a routine: As you are packing and traveling to your new duty station try to keep the same routines. You know your kids better than anyone and most of the time when their routine is off they can be little terrors. The last thing you need is a string of temper tantrums while traveling across the country or the globe
  5. Open your ears: As these are all great things to help your kiddo’s transitions to a new place the best thing you can do is listen. They will ask questions, have concerns and want answers. Talk to them and hear them out. This can be key to making them feel more comfortable about the big move.
  6. Get out ASAP: Before you start unloading boxes make sure to get out and meet people. Find their school, local parks, and family centers. Explore your new city and get connected to other families as soon as possible. The faster you and your children make friends the more comfortable the new home will be.

The key is to be organized and remain calm before, during and after the big move! This is a big deal to your entire family but if you do it right this can be a fun adventure for your family every time you PCS.

Not only does PCS affect your family, but it can affect your career!  Want to PCS proof your career? World Education.net offers online career training programs through accredited colleges and universities. Many of our programs are instructor facilitated, optional externships along with vouchers included for your certification exams. Don’t forget to ask about our military family scholarship opportunities and our MyCAA approved programs.  Contact us via chat or phone at our website, www.worldeducation.net

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Creating High Performing Teams

High performing team1One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein, who said: “I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn.”  This is a key concept to remember when you start exercising more leadership the further you get into your career.  In determining what kind of leader you will be you need to know how to create the conditions to cultivate high performing teams that will continue to outperform year after year.

Learning the ropes as a manager can be a long and difficult ride, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are the most common tips to use to foster an atmosphere of growth within your teams.

 

  1. Your title is not enough: Sorry to tell you but the titles of “director”, “manager” or “VP” will not move your people to outperform their past efforts. It is about learning to earn the respect of your team.  It is about getting out of your office and getting your hands dirty, showing them you are willing to work just as hard as they are to get the job done!
  2. We are friends: You have to have defined lines to properly lead others. Yes, you want to have an open door policy for your team, but seek a balance that helps them to help themselves.
  3. Goals? What is that: Along with defined lines, your people need to have clear goals they have to accomplish every day, week, month, quarter and year. These need to be 100% understood so they know how to prioritize their day to accomplish projects and tasks in the proper order.
  4. I have to hire someone now: The impacts of hiring the wrong person can only create more stress on you and your team. Take your time when hiring make sure they are a good fit within the company and your teams culture. Hire a team member not just a body!
  5. Everyone is motivated by money: Although your employees do need to pay their bills, many of them are not solely motivated by money. Some are motivated by work/life balance and maybe telecommuniting can get their performance to increase. Others may need a pat on the back, extra responsibility, or even a sense of camaraderie with the company or team. Everyone is different so help them build SMART goals and watch them shine!

We know there is so much more to being a manager that is why we have released our newly expanded catalog of professional enrichment courses.  Built for convenience and packed with quality instruction, our professional development and enrichment courses can help you master many of the obstacles you face when improving your career and teams.  These courses range from business and health to courses that help grow your perspective on the world.  These affordable courses can range from 1 hour of your time to just a few weeks to finish.    *Note that we also offer career counseling for up to a year to help you in your job search. You can live chat with us to find out more at www.worldeducation.net/catalog  or call one of our admissions advisors at 1-855-201-6910.

 

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