Family is an exceedingly important part of our everyday lives. Whether we have been reared in traditional family life or not we recognize the importance of growing up in a strong family environment. Being part of a military family is different though with the military families having to face harder situations than those regular families. They are constantly striving to overcome the negative trials as well as deal with their positive incomings. Children are often negatively effected, the significance of building family bonds increases, and the spouse are put through an abundance of stress.
The children of military families commonly go through a great deal of negative changes. These types of families are not easy, especially for the kids, who often experience mistreatment. For example, “the rate of child maltreatment increases by 30% for every 1% increase in the number of active duty soldiers who depart or return from combat deployment”(Sogomonyan and Cooper). That is like having at least two families of the ten who are facing deployment increase in maltreatment. While a parent is in deployment, children are at high risk of mental health issues, and are going through one of the most stressful times in their life. Changes that are noticed include, school performance, lashing out in anger, worrying, hiding emotions, disrespecting parents, feeling a sense of loss, and symptoms of depression. The statistic of children in depression is one in four kids who are a part of a military family experience depression.(Sogomanyan & Cooper) This number shows how badly military children are affected by their mother or father’s deployment.
Erecting and fortifying bonds between family members is critical to the happiness of a family. When you know, trust and love your siblings and parents it makes it easier to understand them. Attempting to carry out this goal is hard enough without being part of military family. As we stated before, strong family bonds are the key to a happy family but especially important for a happy military family. We found that in one source it states, “problems with parent child relationships posed significant challenges” (Sogomonyan and Cooper). It is clear to see that without the secure link with the children, or with the spouse, challenges arise to cause problems. Another source stated, “many parents don’t understand why their children act out…which can ratchet up family stress levels”(Schulte). Lacking these bonds the parent will never understand and will fail to help the child deal with their stress. This relationship with their children needs to be approached with care. Parents need to be open, positive and understanding during, through, and after the deployment stage. It will not help the stress disappear but it will help lessen the strain.
A major part of military life are the parents. Many military situations end up with one...