Long deployment separations, difficult post-deployment adjustments, frequent moves and major life changes can make navigating military life difficult. While most families are able to manage the unique demands of military life, some families seem to handle the challenges with more ease.
As parents, we do all we can to prevent our children from feeling stress, but we cannot control everything, especially when living the military life. Stress is not all bad. In fact, it can give your children and family a chance to develop something we call resilience, or the ability to recover in the face of stress. Resilient families are flexible, connected and great at using their resources to solve problems.
If your children or your family are struggling, you’re not alone. There is a lot you can do to build your family’s resilience. The American Psychological Association, in its publication, “The Road to Resilience,” recommends 10 ways to become more resilient when dealing with stress or adversity:
Make connections. Accepting help and support from those who care about you will help strengthen your resilience. Likewise, assisting others in their time of need can have a positive impact on you and your family. Connect with others through support groups or other organizations, either on your installation or in the local community. [FULL REPORT]
Drew Vachal10 Tips for Building Your Family’s Resilience
Commander Rorke T. Denver knows something about leadership.
In a keynote address at the 2015 Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore, the former All-American defenseman at Syracuse and 13-year Navy SEAL said the best leadership lesson learned in military training was simple: “Calm is contagious.” [FULL REPORT]
Drew VachalA former Navy SEAL shares the No. 1 leadership lesson he learned in military training
Last night’s Sisterhood engagement brought together 80 Naval Special Warfare Spouses to share a meal and discuss issues of mutual interest, in a venue that fostered an atmosphere for meaningful connections.
The SEAL Family Foundation is honored to host the Naval Special Warfare spouse functions in support of the Sisterhood community. We believe it is important to keep the community close and these opportunities bring spouses together result in a more resilient force.
Naval Special Warfare welcomed 200 family members to include the new operators, spouses, instructors and their leadership during an intimate pre-graduation dinner on the BUD/S Grinder. It was a perfect evening as we celebrated the accomplishments of these determined young men with the support of their loving families.
A great reminder about the importance of teaching your children well.
Via Inc.com: A few years ago, a retired Navy SEAL commander named Bill McRaven gave a graduation speech at the University of Texas. His words went viral, starting with his advice that no matter what you do, if you want to be successful, you should make your bed in the morning.
McRaven, who had been in charge of the mission to get Osama bin Laden in 2011, has since become the chancellor of the University of Texas System, and he’s also now a best-selling author, as his book Make Your Bed topped the New York Times bestseller list.
Lauded as “a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can,” by the Wall Street Journal, McRaven’s book is a short, easy read–just 144 pages–and highly motivating. Here are his 10 key pieces of advice. READ MORE
Drew VachalINC: Want to Raise Inspired Kids? A Navy SEAL Commander Says Teach Them These 10 Things