Seeking the truth about the resilience of military teenagers | Lisa Smith Molinari | Lifestyles
“Military children are resilient!
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. But as a Navy wife and mother of three, I often wondered if our children were really resilient or was it just wishful thinking? Is there evidence of this alleged resilience? Is it possible that the frequent moves, deployments, and unpredictability they experienced as teenagers negatively affected their mental well-being? During their teenage years, were they able to build personal foundations strong enough to handle the stresses of adult life?
When I’ve had parenting questions over the years, I’ve often turned to experts for advice. Before Google, I would order books on best parenting practices, and later I would go online to find studies, surveys, research papers, and other information, especially during adolescence.