Military children have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of experiences. We know there are challenging times, yet, also know, there are incredible opportunities to do things many others cannot. Kate Rothlisberger highlights these points in this week’s responses. Where she embraces the hard times, she also resonates in the journey. Read along with her this week in Little Legacies as we a dive a bit deeper into the perspectives of military children!
What is/was your favorite/least favorite part about being a military child?
My favorite part of being a military child is the traveling, getting to experience the experiences that lots of other kids don't get to have! My least favorite part is probably leaving behind the places, people, and parts of my life where I had so many memories.
What do you wish others knew about the experience?
The hardest part about moving is either probably the final goodbye (which is always kind of hurried) or the period of time where you only have so much time before you have to leave where you live, and you're kind of in a time crunch to spend time with the people you know, one last time! I wish that other people knew that its awesome to move around, but its hard for a whole family to leave somewhere they lived. I think it's a sacrifice for the family member in the military, for the spouse, but also for the kids too.
What advice would you give to the parents of military children?
I would tell parents to remind their kids that although it may seem like you will never see your friends again after you move, in the army its always say see you later and not goodbye.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
To appreciate each place you go to the fullest, because you will get used to each different place you live, and once you leave, you are going to miss a lot more of it than you think.
What has been helpful/unhelpful throughout your journey?
I think that among other things, staying in touch as well as I can with friends, and always having someone to talk to can be extremely helpful to you!
Do you have a favorite family memory or tradition?
I have lots and lots of great memories of me and family at each duty station we've been to, so I had to do a mental hat draw in my head. :) I chose a memory from the time my family was stationed in Kansas: I remember the whole neighborhood coming together to hold party in kind of the common area of that section of the neighborhood, this was on Halloween so people would trick or treat and then come by to get a hotdog or cider and play games.
Cheers to Kate for all of her wonderful insight!
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