Raising Adaptable Children

I am constantly amazed at the resiliency of children. Yesterday I attended my 5-year-old’s homeschool end of the year showcase. Every kid came from different backgrounds, had focused on a different project, and showed off their different strengths. At the end of the talent show, one teacher got up in front of everyone and talked about the “adaptability” of these remarkable children.

This got me thinking. Being a military parent, we move constantly. My daughter is 5 and has lived in six homes. Next year it will be seven. We’re constantly asking her to leave a place and adapt to a new situation. These other homeschool kids, while they may not move around as much, are asked the same. And it’s not just kids schooled at home, it’s any kid that’s being continuously asked to change up their norm; to walk into a new room, meet new people, focus on a new project. At the beginning of the year, my daughter struggled with math. But my husband’s been working with her almost every day since January, and she has soaked it in like a sponge.

These early years in a child’s life are remarkable, and often we don’t realize just how adaptable they are both physically and mentally. When I was first considering joining the Navy, my family often spoke of creating an adaptable child. It is probably one of the most underestimated gifts parents give their sons and their daughters.

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About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

Comments

  1. cheryl lister says:

    I never thought of what it would be like for a child whose family is in the military. Adaptability is definitely a trait that will serve your children well throughtout life.

    • To be honest, Cheryl, we never thought about it either until we were in the midst of it. It’s really interesting to observe our children and other children whose parent is off on deployment.

  2. Arleen Miller says:

    We also travel full time and will be homeschooling our son. He has already been and seen so many places in the four years of his life. We are seeing the incredible opportunity this presents. We are also intimidated by the huge responsibility we’ve taken on. I hope we are up to the challenge.

    • I commend you, Arleen. It’s no small responsibility to take on. But with a little creativity and patience, you’ll be teaching him things that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. We, too, are homeschoooling. I’m not sure for how long, but it’s a wonderful thing when a parent can do that.