MILITARY CHILD: FROM CHILDHOOD TO COLLEGE
When you are a military child and you’re experiencing the changes of the lifestyle, sometimes there are no words to describe what you are going through. Frequent moves, an absent parent and the overall anxiety of being in the unknown can make you feel isolated. When I was a child, my dad was serving in the United States Navy. He deployed twice when I was in elementary school. My idea of normal was my dad being away for most of the year and when he was home, going to Mcdonalds and playing at the park. The small everyday activities that children do with their parents were the most meaningful and fun times of my young life. When daddy was home, that meant more sugar in my cereal while mommy wasn’t looking. It also meant going to the grocery store and daddy telling me I could buy as many boxes as I could carry…We always had too much cereal in the house. There was always a shift when he came home. But it felt normal. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized my life was significantly different than most of my friends around me.
About the Author
Judith Howell is PsychArmor Institute’s Executive Administator and Executive Assistant to Dr. Tina Atherall. She is a daughter of two Veterans and a proud SDSU Alumni. Outside of PsychArmor, Judith spends her time reading, going to the beach and volunteering in her San Diego community. She can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org