Introducing Staying Strong - New Online Tool Supports Military Families
Parents and educators have a new online tool to promote resilience and emotional health in military-connected children. It’s called Staying Strong, and it’s produced by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.
Staying Strong has two components and all materials are available at no cost. A section for parents contains short animated videos of engaging military family stories followed by parenting guidance offered by Paula Rauch, MD, Program Director of the Home Base Family Team. From a pre-schooler who is having trouble with bedtime routines following the return of her military mom, to a teenager whose worry about a sibling in harm’s way is affecting his school and social life, Staying Strong addresses real life challenges in the lives of military families.
The section for educators features a 25-minute documentary about two military families and the exemplary efforts of their public school community during their fathers’ deployment and return. With compassion and skill, teachers, school nurses, guidance counselors and administrators demonstrate an effective collaboration to sustain the resilience of military-connected children in their civilian community. Downloadable tool kits for teachers and school nurses are included.
“Researchers in child development remind us that resilience is not a special quality found within certain children, but is actually the responsibility of the caring adults in each child’s life to develop. Parents, educators, and professionals all play an important role in supporting the resilience of military-connected children,” said Dr. Rauch, who developed Staying Strong with Bonnie Ohye, Ph.D clinical director of the Home Base Family Team.
Founded in 2009, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program works to heal the “invisible wounds of war” - post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – through clinical care, community education and research.
All Staying Strong materials are available through www.homebaseprogram.org or www.stayingstrong.org Dr. Rauch is recruiting military-connected parents to evaluate Staying Strong through a short and anonymous survey. To participate or to receive more information, please email HKelly4@Partners.org.