July 2019

The Great Outdoors: The Health Benefits of Nature for Military Families

Military life can be challenging and stressful for military service members and their families. And with this increased stress, it makes it harder for parents to find meaningful ways to connect with their kids and to provide support in their everyday lives. One way for the whole family to de-stress is to spend time together outdoors.  What better way for military families to reconnect than through spending time together in nature?

In this blog from the Human Performance Resource Center (HPRC), they highlight ways that military kids especially can benefit from spending time in nature and how military parents can be involved. Some suggestions include:

  • Access to nature can improve thinking abilities and positive brain development.
  • Can help to build strong social skills.
  • Increased physical health and physical activity.
  • Less screen time whether that be from TV, phones, and other electronic devices.
  • Increased attentiveness and can help with attention deficit disorders.
  • And most importantly, reduced stress!

With summer right around the corner, there are increased opportunities for military families to get outside. Many parks and their activities are absolutely free and cater to military families specifically. So get out there and reconnect to support healthy and resilient military kids and parents!

And if you are looking for more ways to support military kids, MFLN Family Development has an array of programming and suggestions. Tune into our webinar called, “The Power of Family Mealtimes: Strategies to Promote Health and Wellbeing.” Also, be sure to watch our webinars in the Kids Serve Too! Series, all about the great resources provided by Sesame Street for Military Families! CEUs are still available for these webinars and, as always, are absolutely FREE!


Human Performance Resource Center HPRC. (2018). 5 Ways Military Kids Can Benefit from Nature Plus 5 Ways Parents Can Make It Happen. Retrieved from: https://www.hprc-online.org/articles/5-ways-military-kids-can-benefit-from-nature-plus-5-ways-parents-can-make-it-happen

This post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. 

Save the Dates: September 17-19, 2019 for the 2019 Virtual Conference "Relationships for Readiness"

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9 Ways to Save on Car Insurance
Does it seem like the cost of your car insurance is going up…and up…and up recently? If you’ve noticed this, you’re not imagining things, and you’re not alone. Check out this blog post for 9 ways to save on car insurance!

Feeding Behavior of Children with Autism
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in every 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism.  Although the two primary characteristics of autism include deficits in social communication and interactions, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, many children with autism also have difficulties with eating and mealtime.

Planning for Your Child’s Special Needs: Managing Behavior at Home
How can parents or guardians best manage the behavior of their child with special needs? I believe it is important to start with the premise that the home or outside environment can be treated as a classroom and our children need to be “taught” good behavior using a lesson plan.

Exercise: A Holistic Exploration of What it Means to Move Your Body
One may find themselves repeating, “I wish I had time to exercise.” The truth is that obtaining adequate amounts of daily exercise may be easier than one believes. The traditional exercise archetypes that we envision give us the impression of exercise being a strenuous or difficult undertaking.


Kids Serve Too! Series


4.0 hours of CEU available! Covering appropriate responses to relocation transitions, trauma connected to community violence, and resources available from Sesame Street for Military Families.

Be sure to join the July 10th webinar as we highlight the importance of self-care for providers including ways to overcome obstacles, and offer strategies to develop a self-care plan to meet the needs of caregivers and those that they support.

Continuing education credits available for this free webinar.

Save the date for the final installment – November 14 – Engaged & Extraordinary: Supporting Young Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities.

Visit the series homepage to find out more about the Kids Serve Too series!


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Anchored. Episode 17 | A Discussion about Problematic Sexualized Behaviors in Children and Youth
Children and youth experience self-exploration and curiosity as a natural part of childhood development. As children’s behaviors and understanding of their sexuality are formed, problematic sexual behaviors may arise. Understanding potential sexual development challenges is essential to supporting families and children during this crucial time of growth.

MoneyTalk: Research and Tools for Supporting Military Transitions
In this episode of MoneyTalk with MFLN Personal Finance, Dr. Barbara O’Neill discusses the third webinar in the Permanent Change of Station series, which was held on April 2, 2019, and hosted by Zona Lewis of Military and Family Community Policy and Vicki LaFollette, Department of Defense Project Lead for the Military Families Learning Network.


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