Monday, October 7, 2013
Military Families and Moving
Most of you know that military families move a lot, as well as you know that Hubs and I have lived in 4 states in 5 years. We have been in Montana a whole 10 months now :) I hope that it is at least 3 more years before we move again...awe wishful thinking. That is a lot of moving, and boxes, and packing paper, and a lot of choices as to where we will live. We have lived off post, sometimes by choice and sometimes because the wait list was extremely long for on-post housing.
Ft. Bliss was that way. We were on the waiting list for housing for nearly 9 months before we had the option of moving on-post but by then we loved our neighborhood and our neighbors, so we chose to stay off post. Military families, are you an on-post bunch/off post or a little bit of both? If you live off post did you buy a home or rent?
The housing information in this infographic did not surprise me all that much but the fact that kids can move 6-9 times during their school years did. I am sure it surprised me because Hubs and I do not have kids, so it's not something I have put a lot of thought into yet. But really 6-9 times? That is a lot of Goodbyes and See-You-Laters for kids, it's a lot of adults!
I switched school districts once when I was in Elementary school. Just one time, and you would have thought my Mom moved me to the Moon and told me that everyone else was dead on Earth. Yep, that is how well I handled that transition. (See I have never been a fan of change lol)
I cannot even imagine how hard that many moves are for kids. Do they think it is somewhat normal after a while? I wouldn't guess that, I have yet to get used to moving all the time. If you have children, how would you help them to understand all of the moving? Or if you're a Military Family that has moved a lot, what has worked for you?
I would love to hear your tips and suggestions!