I got some solutions
Being a military child can be a challenge. Like for example, when your mom or dad is away for a long time it can be extremely stressful. But it can also teach you very important lessons. You can be taught how to take care of yourself with any sign of danger or learn how to be responsible.
My father has been going on the ship for long trips for years. After all these years, I still learn something every day. Like for example, I used to get a ride to go swimming off base. But now I ride my bike, I also learned how to cook my own lunch and babysit! Usually my mother is at work or busy so what I do most of my time is hang out with my friends.
Of course there are consequences for being a military child. Like for example, having trouble in school and with homework but no one can help you. Your parents missing your birthday! And being stuck home on a rainy day.
But I got some solutions:
#1 If you are having trouble with school and homework, ask your friends or your neighbor. I’m sure they’ll love to help you. But not a stranger neighbor!
#2 Make sure to call your mom or dad to remind them that it’s going to be your birthday soon. So on your birthday, they’ll be a better chance to skype with them. If they don’t answer, send them a letter!
#3 What I like to do on a cold rainy day is write stories. Well at least that’s my talent. On facebook I make stories for my friends if I’m in the rainy day situation. But if you have an outside talent, like for example soccer or Frisbee, then I highly suggest calling your friends and asking them to come over and play.
You see there are solutions. My advice is to keep in touch with your parents when there away. I know it can be upsetting and frustrating, but keep smiling and know that your parents will be back soon!
We have already received a number of great essay submissions from children about what it is like to be a military child, and we posted them online at http://stripesrewards.com/militarychild2013. We’re also running them throughout April in Stripes Kanto, which hits the streets on Thursdays.
If you have a story to tell, go to http://stripesrewards.com/militarychild2013/submit-story and enter your submission. Or you can send it to MilitaryChild@stripes.com.
What we’re looking for:
•The essays can be short or long.
•They can be first-person.
•If children want to write a poem, that is great!
•If younger children want to draw pictures and write a sentence or two, that is fine.
•If children and/or families have photos they’d like to share, we’d love to have them as well.