Resources that offer help and advice with military life, long-distance parenting, & deployment
Babies on the Homefront (app)
Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler. Parents will find lots of material to add to their toolbox of strategies, including:
- Behavior Tips—Ideas for handling those tougher parenting moments like tantrums, or those unique challenges like missing a deployed parent
- PT (Play Time)—ideas for creating activities
- At Ease—information and ideas on self-care
Parents can personalize the app with their baby’s picture and create a photo gallery of their child’s moods in Feeling Photos. To make it even easier, parents can sort the information by their young child’s age and specify their situation as At Home, Leaving Soon, Deployed, Home Again, a Veteran, or visiting a hospital. The app also allows quick access to a series of vodcasts on parenting for military and veteran families. Babies on the Homefront was developed by ZERO TO THREE: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.
Military OneSource (MOS) supplements existing family programs by providing a website and a worldwide, 24 hour, seven-day-a-week information and referral telephone service to ALL active, Guard and Reserve Soldiers, deployed civilians and their families. MOS services are provided at no-cost.This site is designed to help military families deal with life's issues.
National Fatherhood Initiative (Military Programming)
Our military programming is designed to address the specific challenges that military families face. These innovative resources prepare fathers - and their families - for the difficulties of deployment and reunion. By helping fathers be strong and ready, we help families stay healthy and connected while successfully navigating the stresses of military life.
Our military programming offers:
- Professional technical assistance
Parent to Parent Workshops (Military Child Education Coalition)
The Parent to Parent program provides informative and interactive workshops to groups or organizations in the local community. The length of workshops are usually between twenty minutes and an hour. They can be tailored to meet the group's needs. Participants receive high quality resources and materials that will assist them in their role as their child's best advocate. Workshops are available for different levels including the following: parents of young children; parents with elementary school age children; parents of middle and high school students; middle and high school students; and parents of any age child.
Parent to Parent teams are located in the areas of a number of military installations. The team members have personal expertise, backed by research. They share practical ideas, proven techniques, and solid resources to support the military parents/guardians of transitioning school-age children.
Welcome Back Parenting
For soldiers serving on active duty and the families who wait for them at home, there is no day more greatly anticipated than homecoming day.
The reunion is wonderful, and it’s great to have the family together! As life settles back to “normal,” there may be moments when everything doesn’t live up to the high expectations soldiers and their families have about life after deployment. While the soldier was away, life has changed. Tempers may flare and patience runs thin as both children and adults readjust to “togetherness”.
To help every member of the family learn how to live and thrive within that different, post-deployment “normal,” this Welcome Back Parenting guide has been developed by Welcome Back Veterans, a national public awareness initiative to help America’s returning war veterans and their families. This guide is geared for families with one parent who has recently returned from a military deployment. It is designed to help you address some of the fundamental issues faced by families like yours, and includes information about partner relationships, parenting, and the different stages of child and family development from pregnancy through raising teenagers.
The guide also includes a resource section filled with recommended books and websites that you may find helpful, and a referral section containing community referrals you and your family may wish to access along the way. Save this guide. You may not need to read it cover-to-cover right away, but it could become a valued resource for you in the days to come. The information is here for you when you need it.
VA - Parenting for Service Members and Veterans
This free online course provides parents with tools that strengthen parenting skills and helps them reconnect with their children. The course:
- Helps parents deal with both everyday problems and family issues that are unique to the military lifestyle.
- Features stories from actual veteran/military families, interactive activities, and practical parenting tips.
- Is anonymous and registration is not required. No personal information is ever requested or stored by the website.
Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE is proud to support military families. We work to increase awareness and collaboration throughout the military community so that parents and professionals can more effectively care for very young children and their families
ZERO TO THREE conducts many projects that support the health and development of infants, toddlers and their families. Through these, we bring the expertise and knowledge of our organization–and field–to bear on very young children. Our work ranges from supporting very young children in military families with a deployed parent to promoting early literacy skills and operating the Early Head Start National Resource Center. Explore the breadth of these initiatives and more by reading about each in greater detail.
Christian parenting resources
Enhancing Your Marriage and Family Ministries
Welcome to Enhancing Your Marriage and Family Ministries, a ministry designed for women who want to follow God in their marriages and in their parenting. He won't disappoint you, because as the Author of marriage and family...
- God wants to be a major player in yours
- Whether your marriage and family are solid or sickly, He wants to share His input with you
- He wants to deepen your walk with Him and enhance your role as wife and mom in the process
- As the Creator of life ~ specifically yours and your husband's ~ He knows how you two should fit together and how to make your children a part of that fit.
- And He knows that when wives and moms follow Him, the entire family dynamic benefits
Judy Rossi, author and founder of this ministry is the wife of a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army.
Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God's design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.
We're here to come alongside families with relevance and grace at each stage of their journey. We support families as they seek to teach their children about God and His beautiful design for the family, protect themselves from the harmful influences of culture and equip themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them.
No matter who you are, what you're going through or what challenges your family may be facing, we're here to help. With practical resources - like our 1-800 Family Help line, counseling and websites – we're committed to providing trustworthy, biblical guidance and support.