There is no feeling in the world that can match the feeling you have when your child comes home and states that they are going to join the military. Being a marine mom is not something many mothers can handle. It gives you a sense of pride and love for your child and your country that exceeds the limits of normal emotions. If your child is considering taking that next step or has already left for this life-altering journey, you need to know that you are not as alone as you feel. Bootcamp is only the beginning you’re the journey that your family will take but it is a time of learning and growth for all. Here are four things that you can do to help cope while your child is away at Bootcamp.
Write a Letter a Day
Writing letters is a great way to feel close to your child who is Bootcamp. It will give you a chance to keep them up on the everyday comings and goings at home. It also gives them a connection to home during a very difficult experience. If you do not have much to stay in letters then send a joke, card, or news article. Another idea is to send fill in the blank questionnaires so that you can get all the answers you desperately want without taking too much time away from your recruit. Letters will be your lifeline, just remember the stamps while you are out and about.
Join Military Mom Social Media Groups
Social media is an easy way to connect with others that will understand where you are coming from. If you cannot bear to hear “it is only for a short time” or “it will be okay” from your friends and family one more time, try a social media support group. Military moms understand each other and can give advice and comforts that others may not know how to do. It will give you an avenue to ask questions, talk with others who know what you are going through and to get unsolicited advice on your terms. Sometimes it is nice to talk to someone who knows exactly how you feel.
Keep You Phone by Your Side
During Bootcamp, your recruit will get to call home a few times. You will never know when those times will be, but you need to make it a point to have your phone by you when you can. If you miss a call from Bootcamp, you will feel like you are starting the grieving process all over again. It may happen and that is okay, but you should avoid missing these calls if any way possible.
Go Out with Your Friends
Anytime your child leaves the home for the first time is difficult, but when they join the military it can feel overwhelming. It is important to get out of the house, visit with friends, have lunch and laugh. Self-care should be first on your to-do list. Do not let yourself fall into a depression. Your child needs you to be strong. After all, you raised them to be.…