Children with parents in the military often face many more challenges than their peers. Aside from the stress of having a parent deployed, they also tend to move around the country much more, which can be equally problematic. Experts say that schools may want to implement exit interviews with children going through a permanent change of station (PCS) to help alleviate some of their concerns, Military.com reports.
The recommendation comes from Building Capacity, a partnership between the USC School of Social Work and eight school districts with military connections in southern California. The initiative was launched to help make schools in the area more military friendly.
Few schools make use of exit interviews, but experts say they can play an important role in a child's well-being. The meetings, often between the parent, child, teacher and or counselor, touch on everything from the youngster's fears about moving to their academic performance. The eventual goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible.
There are around 2 million children of military parents, according to Department of Defense statistics, and they often go to between seven and nine schools before they graduate.