Heroes at Home: Supporting Military Families
Heroes at Home: Supporting Military Families is designed to meet the unique needs and challenges of military personnel and their families. It can be used in both group settings or through personal visits.
The Heroes at Home: Supporting Military Families digital guide is a collection of resources and parent handouts designed specifically for family support professionals serving active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and former service members.
The strengths-based Parents as Teachers approach is infused throughout the digital guide, which helps family support professionals learn about military life and culture while encouraging them to keep in mind that each family brings its own set of values, experiences, and cultures.
This digital guide is designed for:
Professionals serving families with one or more family member serving in active duty or reserve military branch
Professionals who work on military installations and serve military families exclusively
Professionals who work with military families whether they live on a military base or not
Professionals serving a partner of a currently deployed, active-duty service member
Through the use of these materials, you will:
Gain a deeper understanding of the cultures that surround military life.
Explore families' everyday experiences—both positive and challenging—and their impacts on child development and parenting behaviors.
Learn about the considerations for providing services that fit the unique needs of these families.
ABOUT THE Heroes at Home digital guide
The Heroes at Home digital guide delivers information and tools that professionals can offer to parents. These include parent handouts and activities pages with over 40 activities for promoting hands-on engagement. This digital guide provides two unique types of activity pages: those designed for parent-child interactions, as well as activities intended only for parents. Every parent-child activity guides interactions between parent and child, and includes suggestions and options for how to adapt and participate in activities if the parent is away from home or deployed. These activities are adaptable for use with children of a variety of ages. They can be used to promote growth and learning in every domain of development: fine and gross motor, cognitive, language and social-emotional. The activities range from cooking and games, to creating memory boxes or care packages, to creative experiences that examine changing feelings and emotions.
Parent activity pages address the unique social-emotional and pragmatic needs of the military parent—whether an at-home partner or a service member. They include guided reflections that heighten awareness around emotional states and support parents in discovering healthy ways to manage stress. Some examples include activities for recognizing negative self-talk, or practicing strategies to improve communication with a partner, as well as checklists, and budgeting tools.
The digital guide is divided into eight sections:
Developing Within Relationships
New to the Military
Parenting During Deployment
Trauma, Loss, Coping and Resilience
What makes this product special?
Heroes at Home is a comprehensive resource for professionals to use with a wide range of families, in various stages of their military-life cycles. Materials are clearly organized in a way that makes planning for service delivery holistic and meaningful for families. Consistent with the Parents as Teachers approach and model, Heroes at Home emphasizes a partnering approach—as opposed to other more instructionally-focused materials—and always places importance on parent-child interaction. This collaborative approach is more aligned with trauma-informed approaches and models, which focus on partnership and shared power.