Believe me, there’s a lot of difference between a civilian and military kid!
I can vow for the fact because I was raised as a civilian child and there was a best friend of mine whose father was a military officer. As I was growing up, I noticed a lot of difference between us. The culture in which they end up growing seems to be pretty influential than us.
While, I am definitely not criticizing our upbringing. It’s just that they are more delved into sentiments and good deeds. Also, when it comes to being sensible, they are pretty sound.
I’ve personally learned many things from Rick, my childhood best friend from the military family. Actually, this is why I felt that such a topic is definitely worth writing. Hence, here I am with this piece of writing.
If you’re fortunate enough to know any such gracious military family, let your child learn some significant things from the kids over there. I am sure you will be proud of your little one with due course of time.
Here’s what he/she will learn from a military kid:
Say Hi to the Strangers:
One of the most amazing facts that your child can learn from a military kid is that friends are not going to come to you. What you can do at your best is that you can make the first move and go to them. So, don’t be shy and just go up and say hello to them. It will further let your little one mingle with a lot of people and enhance his/her friend’s circle.
You Should be a Helping Hand:
Military kids are always helpful by nature. Whatever might be the scenario, they try their best to help others. It is one of the most significant lessons that a child from military family can teach others.
I remember an incident when I was not able to understand some specific maths lessons while I was in the secondary school. I was finding it quite difficult to solve the sums. The classes were not sufficient for me to understand the concepts.
At that time, Rick helped me a lot! He was the person who taught me the lessons effectively. In fact, it was he who made the first move to let me know that he can help me out. This helping nature in them can make the life for the entire military family a bit less exhausting.
Like this, through many other incidents, I learnt from him that it’s really great to be a helping hand for others.
Absence Doesn’t Matter:
When it comes to separations from their family, civilians are pretty blessed in comparison to the military kids. For the civilian children, even a short business trip can be quite painful. However, military kids know how to manage without their dad for years.
Just think of spending your kid’s two consecutive birthdays without his/her dad.
How does it feel?
Isn’t it quite distressing for your darling?
Well, I had seen the same thing happening with Rick when he was just 6! Although, I was also a child then, still I still remember his answer when I asked him, “Don’t you feel bad as your dad is not there to celebrate with you?’’
His reply was, ‘ Not at all! I know that dad is doing his work. I am just looking forward to celebrate with him when he comes”.
Yes! Focusing on the upcoming presence rather than the existing absence is something worth learning from military kids. They really have a strong mind and heart!
Saying Goodbye Should be Peace:
Yes! It is a yet another significant example of the stronger hearts of Milkids. Whether it is saying goodbye to a friend who is going to move to a new place or a really crappy one when God has taken someone away from you forever, military children can remain calm in every situation.
Even during the hardest ever circumstances, milkids are able to figure out only the ‘good’ from the goodbye. So, it is certainly something worth learning from them.
Civilian children can be seen often looking for their own tribe to play or mingle with. However, it’s not the same with military kids. They believe that all are same and everyone is walking in each other’s shoes. While being forged into the same fires, they together come out in an extremely strong way. They can’t even think of cheating someone else or doing something bad with anyone. This is something really commendable among milkids.
Aren’t the aforementioned facts worth an applause?
Undoubtedly, if you are a civilian, your kids can learn these excellent ways of leading a happy and content life from the military kids.
Clara Decker is the marketing manager at CouponsMonk.com, deals and discounts provider company. She is passionate about money savings, investment and children psychology, and relationship. In addition, Clara also supports non-profit agencies that provide healthcare solutions to handicapped and disabled people.