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Military Children: Blooming Where Planted

The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). During the month, we recognize the sacrifices and contributions military children make being part of a military family. In 2021, more than ever, they have shown resilience and strength in the face of tremendous challenges from COVID-19. Their determination, positivity and triumph are everything. Military children face unique challenges and those challenges help develop them into strong, resilient individuals.

Think about the dandelion, the official flower of the military child. Dandelions can take root and flourish practically anywhere the wind blows them. Military children are much like the dandelion. They are uprooted and replanted all across the world. Though the moves are tough, military children learn important lessons and skills from these moves. They learn to be outgoing because they are always the new kid. Military children can easily go up to a new child on the playground and introduce themselves. They learn to adapt to new environments. Because of the frequent moves and changes, military kids quickly discover that life is an adventure, and you have to be flexible to enjoy it. They learn to be culturally aware individuals. Military children are immersed in an environment that allows them to experience other cultures through trying new foods, learning new languages, and living in foreign countries.

All of these experiences allow for military children to grow and blossom into well-rounded individuals that are ready to fly in the wind and take root wherever they are planted.

Celebrate military children this month by participating in one or more of the following activities.

1. Use hashtags that recognize military children.

#MOMC

#PurpleUpforMilitaryKids

#USMCMOMC2022

#TheResilientTheAdaptable#TheMilitaryChild

2. Use a MOMC frame on your social media profile picture.

To add the frame to your Facebook profile visit the MCCS HQ Facebook page.

3. Encourage children to enter MOMC events that might be available in your local area, or by doing a Google search for national level MOMC events.

4. Wear purple. You can wear it the whole month of April or on scheduled Purple Up Days. On April 4, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America will wear purple. On April 19, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools will Purple Up. The Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission will celebrate Purple Up on April 20. Local schools, installations, and other organizations may designate a day in April as Purple Up Day. Don’t forget to take a selfie, use our hashtags, and share your support of military kids on Purple Up Day.

5. Visit the Marine Corps Museum website for its MOMC Distance Learning Series. https://www.usmcmuseum.com/

6. Recognize your children. You can let them choose how to celebrate, or you can choose from one of the following activities. Cook them their favorite meal.

7. Talk about the future with your children and let them share their opinions on what the future might look like. Look at housing options together. Visit the websites for potential schools they could be attending. Do a Google search of activities, sports, and other programs offered in the new location.

Looking for more ideas? Visit the MOMC Military OneSource Tool Kit, or contact your local CYP Resource and Referral Office.

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