Military families are no strangers to stress. Between moving, deployments, adjustments and solo-parenting kids from time to time, military parents truly need a break from the demands of child rearing in everyday life.
The unique stressors military families face are well-documented. Studies released by the DOD and non-profits such as the National Military Family Association, Blue Star Families and others provide data to back up what we already know: the demands of military life can drain even the strongest of service members and their families.
That’s only part of the story when children are in the equation. A parenting stress study by Florida State University found that parents have significantly higher levels of depression than adults who do not have children. Ordinary parenting combined with the strain of a deployed spouse or extremely busy work schedule can quickly make parenting (and life in general) overwhelming.
Taking small breaks from parenting can be one of the healthiest things a parent can do for the overall health and well-being of their family. Setting small boundaries is good for a parent and it’s good for children too. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents arrange for childcare from time to time to maintain the overall health of the family.
As military families, relocating can make finding reliable help a difficult boundary that has to be tackled and tackled again.
The free, government-sponsored Sittercity Military Program makes matters slightly easier as users can use their safe, proven process to find new caregivers. Sittercity lists nannies, babysitters, housekeepers, tutors and even pet sitters. It’s easy to find someone who fits in your family, fits your budget and is thoroughly referenced and background checked.
Military families can active a free membership at www.sittercity.com/DoD.
Moving this year? See our special section on smoothing moves for children in the Ultimate PCS Guide.