I Believe…. Most people think that being a military child is hard, but to me it isn’t and it is the life I have grown up living and I wouldn’t change that for anything. There are times when I feel like nothing can ever go right, but every time I make it through and in the end I am proud to be a military child. The hardest thing is having my dad be deployed all the time, but knowing that he is serving our country so everyone in The United States can live in a free country puts a smile on my face. I believe that being a military child has made me the person that I am today. Having to pack up and move every 2-3 years is my least favorite part of having my dad serve in the military. Moving all the time is not easy because just as you are getting settled down in one place before you know it, it’s time to pack up and move on to the next. Moving all the time does get tiring, but if my dad wasn’t in the military I would never have had the chance to see the country like I have when we are in the process of moving. In 19 years I have moved 9 times living in 7 different states all over the country. My least favorite place that I have lived would have to be Fort Polk, Louisiana. Living in Louisiana there was absolutely nothing to do in the town which we lived the only store was a Super Walmart. The memory that sticks out in my mind when I think of living in Louisiana was living there during both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. During the hurricanes we had to live in our laundry room for 3 days each with 2 dogs and 2 cats because our laundry room was the innermost room in the house so it was the safest place for us to hide so that we could stay safe and away from all windows and doors. Whenever you live some place bad there is always a good place that will makes up for the bad place. Hawaii has to be my favorite place that I have ever lived even though I lived there when I was a lot younger there are many things that I remember and that makes me want to go back to visit so I can relive those memories. Watching dolphins jump into the Hawaiian sunset is something that I will never forget and I hope to see again. Having to move every 2-3 years has made me the person that I am today because moving isn’t easy, but I know if I stay strong and push through things I can make it through anything that is ever thrown my way in life. The people that I have met in the past 19 years have all had a major influence in making me the person that I am today. In my school days I attended 6 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools so if only you could imagine I have met a lot of people and have made a lot of friends. Having to meet new people every single time we move isn’t always easy, but I have learned that being who you are and not acting like who you aren’t makes it so much easier to make new friends. People will love you for who you are and not for whom you aren’t. I have made so many great friends in all of the places that I have lived and I wouldn’t change my best friends for anything. With the technology these days it makes it very easy to be able to keep in touch with all of my friends. Having friends that live all over the country with technology like Skype or FaceTime it makes it easier to see them, and I also use Skype to see my dad while he is deployed overseas. Having my best friend live hours away makes it hard to be able to see her, but almost every night we FaceTime so I get to see her and it’s like we are right with each other when we are talking. The technology makes it so much easier to keep in touch with my friends from all over whether it is through Skype, Facebook, texting, or phone calls. If it wasn’t for all the modern technology I wouldn’t be able to talk to a majority of my friends. All of my great friends that I have met over the years have made me the person that I am today. If it wasn’t for the friends that I have met over the past 19 years whether I still talk to them…
Psychosocial effects of a military deployment on children
October 14, 2013
Deployment of our service members is not only difficult and emotionally tasking for them, it is just as tasking for their spouses and children. Children do not understand the reasoning and requirements behind a deployment, making it that much harder on a child’s psychosocial development. A child’s psychosocial functioning throughout a deployment can be influenced by many…
How Wartime Affects Military Children
Being part of a military family will either make or break you. From an outsider looking in, many people that meet military families and children think that their lives are as perfect as a fairytale. From a personal experience many people have told me “You have the perfect life.” However, when one has to say goodbye to a husband, father, or other loved one who is being deployed to a warzone, it’s no fairytale.
When a parent is deployed it calls for a single…
September 24, 2013
Child Soldier Rehabilitation
“We went from children who were afraid of gunshots to now children who were gunshots.” - Ishmael Beah, former child soldier.
The conscription of child soldiers happens all around the world and their degree of use is internationally sanctioned at varying grades of acceptability. The combat usages of children are authorized in some countries despite the practice being highly unethical. Up to half of the world’s child soldiers are in Africa and…
hates them. Even though God made Adam and Eve, he still loves everybody in their own unique way. People feel as if a same-sex married couple cannot benefit or satisfy the needs of a child because the child might be raised to be a homosexual. If a gay couple wants to raise a child they should be able to its up to the child if they want to be a homosexual or heterosexual.
Why should same-sex marriage be legalized? Same-sex marriage should be legalized because God loves everybody in their own way no…
baby wants to leave home, especially going off to the military.
Par. 1 When she first came to me and her farther, to sign the paper we told her that the answer is no. She would come home every day from school saying that the recruiter was coming out, every day I would still say no. One day my child came home, and sat me and her father down and shared…
There are said to be about 300,000 child soldiers around the world. Many of these children on average begin their military work around the age of eight. Surprisingly, both genders of children are used for armed conflict and they have had to travel to almost every part of the world for armed conflict. Most of the children dragged into this, are not matured enough to know the seriousness of what they are doing. It is very easy for them to be…
Humanity & Empathy
17 September 2013
For a child their father is the most important person in his/her life. They are there for them at all times and will protect them at every way possible. But what if a child’s father is not at home? Who will be there for them? Who is the man in the house to protect himself and his family? Many children in the United States face the problem of their father leaving home to go into the military. All their friends and family sacrifice so much for their…
• PG 9) The study purpose of three domains. Physical development, cognitive development, and psychosocial development.
• PG 10) Because people develop at different ages. Its hard to put a label on an age as to when a child becomes a full adult. Some boys mature quicker than other boys, some girls mature quicker than other girls and some girls mature quicker than some boys. In different societies it is custom for people at a certain age to be considered an adult. Through rituals…
and talk about baseball, it was indeed a great time. I could never imagine not being able to see him, especially if I was taken from my home. In Sudan this happens to children all the time, they’re taken from their families and forced to be in the military and kill their families. This type of action is against Human Rights: The right to life, liberty, and personal security. Children are drugged and forced to kill other children that disobey orders or try to escape. Human Rights advocates have been…
How much does the average American know about Child Soldiers? The use of Child
Soldiers was brought to awareness to Americans in the mid90’s. Child Soldiers are being used
because the lack of leaders wanting to spend money.It just happens to be cheaper taking children
away from their familes and use them as a Child Soldier, as compared to hiring and paying an
adult. The countries that currently still use Child Soldiers include: Columbia, Congo, India,
Iraq,Israel ,Thailand ,Somalia ,Sudan…