Friday, July 3, 2015

Real Life Heroes!

By: Dr. Linda Carson

As we get ready for another holiday that brings friends and families together for picnics, parades, and fireworks, let’s take just a moment to acknowledge real life heroes---those who have served or are currently serving in our military. Recognizing how busy and stressed we all feel at times, for our Fourth of July this year, let’s lift up military families with young children as our personal heroes for the stress and sacrifice that they make on behalf of us each day while trying to nurture their own families.

Forty percent of military children are under the age of five, and the unique circumstances and challenges facing military families make early childhood years even more vulnerable. Having a parent sent to an active combat zone with an undetermined return date may rank as one of the most stressful events of childhood. And the spouse back at home has to cope with the personal stress of deployment and the insecurities of the youngest children over parental separation.

So, U.S. military families everywhere, we salute you and thank you for your many sacrifices that impact your entire family.

About the Author: Linda Carson, Ed. D, is the founder and CEO of Choosy Kids, LLC, and the Ware Distinguished Professor Emerita at West Virginia University. An award winning, nationally recognized expert, Dr. Carson has devoted her career to promoting healthy preferences for young children and the adults who make decisions on their behalf. Click here to learn more about Linda.


  1. I can't even imagine how stressful it must be on a family. We are very thankful for their service and the sacrifice of their families

  2. I can't even image having to deal with this stress. My sister did when she had first got married & was pregnant. He is home safe now but we are all thankful for every one who is/has served.

  3. This is so awesome of you to write this reminder. It must be so hard on these families when they have to be apart. And even when they are reunited there is sometimes a lot of moving from place to place.

  4. I love this post! I agree that celebrating the military is super important on the 4th, as well as every other day.

  5. I couldn't agree more - great post!

  6. Wonderful reminder and tribute to all who serve and their families.


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