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As any military parent knows, raising your child while you or your spouse is deployed can be challenging. Your child will likely face many changes at a young age, such as relocations and deployments, and keeping up with everything can seem like an uphill battle. Luckily, there are many resources available to military parents. Let’s look at four tips for raising your family in military housing (and how to have fun doing it!).
Make Your Military House a Home
The first thing you can do when moving into military housing is to turn your house into a home! It may be hard to decorate when you are renting without doing any major renovations, but creative crafts can take your home up a notch. Encourage your kids to get involved by applying temporary wallpaper or making art to hang on the wall.
Engage in the Community
One of the best things about living in military housing is that you can access a close-knit community. No matter where you turn, you will find a like-minded individual who is celebrating similar successes and struggling through similar obstacles. Leaning on this support will strengthen the bond you have with your neighbors and fellow residents.
Another benefit of living in military housing is all of the community events going on. Enjoy recreation centers, gyms, pools, kid's events, adult groups, and much more. You’ll never get bored with this much fun around!
Find a Military Family Support Group
While it’s important to make sure your little ones are taken care of, it’s also important to take care of yourself! As a military family, you are used to relocations, deployments, law changes, and more - but that doesn’t make it any easier. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with raising your military family, seek out the support of others in similar situations.
For example, Lincoln Military Housing residents enjoy a strong community bond, but there are many other resources to turn to as well. FRGs, or Family Readiness Groups, provide useful information and military family support. Facebook and Twitter are also great places to have conversations with others raising their families in military housing. Or, you could try a Military Spouses MeetUp to socialize with people in your area!
Spend More Time With Your Kids
Lastly, the best way to raise your family in military housing is to spend time with them! It may seem obvious, but spending time as a family will help everyone feel more comfortable and will strengthen the bond you have with your kids. Whether you go out and explore your neighborhood, cook dinner together, do a craft, or just play a game at home, quality time is key for military families. Spend less time worrying about things like insurance, making rent payments, and moving in, and more time having fun with the ones you love, thanks to Lincoln Military Housing.
Raising your family in military housing comes with its own set of stressors, but it also comes with its own set of joys. To learn more about available military housing, contact us today.