• June 2016
  • Vol. 17, No. 4

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Keeping Military Kids Safe and Sound

Military parents, like all parents, often encounter everyday situations, stressors, and choices that can be dangerous and lead to neglect, such as leaving kids alone in the car, putting too many stuffed animals in a crib, and losing track of kids while multitasking. However, situations unique to military life—like frequent moves, trainings, and deployments—can disrupt routines, make it hard to know when it's okay to leave your child alone, and add parenting challenges.

Smart parenting means keeping military kids safe and sound—but sometimes the risks can be hard for parents to see. Safe and Sound, a resource for military parents from Military OneSource, can help parents identify the common risk factors for child neglect, such as the following:

  • Inadequate supervision: Supervision can be the difference between a safe or dangerous situation. Parents should be there for their kids—or make sure someone they trust is there.
  • Physical and environmental hazards: Steps toward a safe home are leaps toward child safety. Help parents to start moving forward today.
  • Distracted parenting: It's easier for parents to connect with their kids when they find time to disconnect from emails, texts, and games. Help parents be present with their kids.

Safe and Sound offers resources such as childproofing checklists (PDF - 368 KB) and information for finding the State and military installation guidelines or laws military parents need for supervising their kids. Military parents can also find support, whether they are looking for parenting programs on their installation or child care resources in their community.

Parents can visit Safe and Sound at http://militaryonesource.mil/safe-and-sound or call Military OneSource at 800.342.9647 for tips and resources to help them avoid neglectful situations and be the best parent they can be for their military kids. Use #SafeAndSound to share information with other professionals and with military families to help keep military children safe and happy.

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