The annual Permanent Change of Station (PCS) season is fast upon us. As adults, we know the many affects it can have on our mental, physical, and emotional health. Have we ever stopped to think about the effects it may have on our children? 

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As a military family, we move — and we move often.

I forget how my children are being affected by the move; I know I am guilty of this, as I’m sure many of us are too. Sure, we have job changes, career changes, life, friends, home, pets, you name it. But where do our children come in?

As PCS season is drawing near and yet another move looms over, I sit here thinking of how my children are feeling about this move and what I can do to help them.

 

Fast facts:

  1. On average, military-connected students will attend between six to nine schools between kindergarten and their senior year of high school, according to the National Military Family Association
  2. Military children move three times more often than their civilian peers
  3. Military families move an average of every two to three years, meaning approximately 500,000 military children change schools every year

Now that we have our bases covered, let’s look at the effects PCS’ng can have on children:

PCS Permanent Change of StationPCSing is not new to any of us, and it is something that we cannot avoid.

But we can do our best to prepare ourselves and our children. Check out these previous articles from our team that provide tips on PCSing with children:

I know that as we get closer, I will be paying extra attention to the needs of my children during these months. But mama, give yourself grace over all, you are superwoman!

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Amanda is a Miami native, Navy veteran turned military spouse. While being stationed in the United Kingdom, Amanda obtained her MBA from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Amanda met her husband while they were stationed onboard the same ship in 2007. Since becoming a Military Spouse, Amanda has discovered the loneliness that can hover at times. While being stationed in San Diego and becoming a first-time mom to twins, Amanda started her blog, Life with Mojita in an effort to build a community outside of the day-to-day life. Being raised in Miami, Amanda has found a passion for the ocean and has always longed to be a Marine Biologist. In her free time, Amanda loves to spend time with family, friends, travel, and when the opportunity permits, dip her toes in the ocean. Amanda blogs on her free time about motherhood, health & wellness, and military life.