I remember a time when women weren't allowed to join frontline military teams. Thankfully, that has now changed. There is a lot more equality in the armed forces these days. Today. I wanted to take a look at what it’s like to raise a family. Ladies working for the Army will spend a long time away from home.
Is it possible to raise healthy children when you’re not around to care for them? Thousands of women manage their military career and parenting job successfully. Below, you will find a list of tips and tricks they use to keep everything on track. Hopefully, they will help you to do the same thing in the future.
Rent a military home for your husband and kids
There are thousands of homes in this country that were constructed for military personnel. Your kids will get a reasonably normal upbringing if you select one for your family. It’s much better than staying on the army base and allowing them to grow up there. The best thing about living in those communities is that lots of people are around to offer support.
Your husband will make friends, and your kids will learn military values. That will help them to mature at a reasonable rate and stay on the right side of the law. Sure, they’ll miss their mom, but they’ll also appreciate what she does for the family.
Ensure you make a fuss when you come home
In most instances, people in the military will be away from home for at least six months at a time. That means you won’t get to see your kids very often. Indeed, they will probably look different every time you return. However, you should always reward them for all the hard work they did at school while you were away.
Just because you’re not around to witness their milestones, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate them on your return. Make sure your husband keeps a list of all their achievements since you last went away. You can then scan through the list and highlight them when you get to see your children.
Trust your husband
There has to be an element of trust involved when it comes to raising your kids. You won’t be around to make the decisions, and so you need to trust your husband. Never argue with any of the decisions he makes relating to punishments. You need to stand strong as a single unit - working together until the end.
You have to understand that life is going to be difficult for him too. He’ll have to take on all the family responsibilities while you’re working. It can get very lonely when your partner is never at home. Do your best to ensure all your family and friends offer to help him whenever they can.
To answer the question posed in the title of this post, yes, you can raise a family if you're employed by the armed forces. It’s just that you need to think outside the box. You also need to understand they will have a slightly different upbringing compared to most kids. But they will also exhibit certain advantages that can only come from a strong army family.
At the end of the day, everyone’s perception of normal is different. Don’t worry about what other people might think. Live your life and try to enjoy every second!
Site last updated: 5. March 2019