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More Tips for Military Families with Teens – #42

Information Sessions – Tip #42

Attending information sessions can often feel like just another obligation in a long list of them.  Information is power.  If your military resource or family support centre, unit or community centres I recommend getting yourself there.  Drag your tweens or teens with you as hearing the information from other source, sadly, gives it more believeablity and validity then if you just said it.  They may be annoyed, appear disinterested or bored but they are listening and may get answers to questions they didn’t even know they had.


* Make it a required family event

* Offer to include dinner or ice cream afterwards

* Call ahead to ensure that it is age appropriate (the worst thing that can happen is that you get there and they are doing a presentation for younger children and feel like you think they are a ‘baby’)

* Ask to be included on mail-outs or emails so you will know what is happening and if there are courses or workshops that your teen would enjoy or benefit from

* Take information and flyers and leave them in a central location at home (your tween or teen may not want to appear interested or ‘uncool’ so this way they can look at the information in private and on their own time)

For more information about our tips, books and resources go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org


2 Responses

  1. Wanted to send out a BIG HOWDY from San Antonio Texas. Hope all is well in Petersburg, Matoaca and Dinwiddie, Virginia. Still hope to move back home SOMEDAY, but don’t see the light at the end of this tunnel yet. Hope Dinwiddie’s class of 1986 has an awesome reunion. Plans to attend my class of 1967 Class Reunion are always very iffy. Take care and may the good Lord bless ya & your families each and every day.

  2. Wonderful article, good website theme, stick to the good work

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