Preparing Your Kids for a Military Move

Real Estate Broker/Owner with All American Home Source Realty, LLC DRE# 0625050

This is a little different of a post for a virtual assistant but I thought I would share since I am a military spouse and know a lot of agents on AR help out military families!

Preparing Your Kids for a Military Move

Preparing for a military move is fairly complex. You have to deal with the same things as a traditional non-military move but also so much more. Often times there isn't much time to plan or the military member is away for the planning so it falls upon the shoulders of the spouse to take care of. What I have learned from experience is that nothing is ever easy with a military move but you will get through it. Most civilians probably think that military families get used to moving and it becomes easy since military members are typically transferred every few years. Well I can say that you get somewhat accustomed to moving and you become more systematic in the moving process but it never gets easier leaving what has become your home, leaving your friends and dealing with military aspect of things. Fortunately the Department of Defense has recently put out a new website for military children in an attempt to assist them during the many military moves they will endure throughout their lives. If you think it is difficult for an adult to wrap their mind around moving try explaining that it is time for another military move to a child. The Military Youth on the Move program is designed for children 6-17. On the website challenging situations kids will face before, during and after a move are some topics covered. Military children share their experiences of a military move, being the "new kid" and they offer advice on how to make the transition of a military move easier. Hearing this from other children makes it easier to comprehend.

Military Youth on the Move Website Features:

Age specific podcasts on:

How to say goodbye

How to make new friends

Staying in touch with old friends


Saving money

How to choose the right college




A military move is not just stressful and difficult on adults it is for children as well. The website also offers tips and advice for parents on how to make the transition easier for their children and on your family. You can also find information on a military move with an exceptional family member, pet, OCONUS and even a packing guide!

A military move will always be a part of the military life but there are ways to help make the transition smoother for every member of your family. Go check out Military Youth on the Move for yourself!


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John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Elizabeth -

What a great post on Preparing Your Kids for a Military Move!  I work with many military families as Albuquerque has an Air Force Base here.  No matter how many times military families move it's always hard on the kids.  I must hit the suggest on this one! 

Have a great weekend. 



May 04, 2012 05:52 AM #1
Elizabeth Straessle, MRP
All American Home Source Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
~Military Spouse~

Thanks John! I appreciate the suggest :-) I hope you enjoy your weekend too.

May 04, 2012 06:21 AM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Elizabeth,

This is an excellent post ...John is right..a move is always hard on the kids. I'm suggesting this post too!!

May 06, 2012 10:04 PM #3
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Excellent advice Elizabeth because as you said, yes the organization of the move is easier but it never can be on the famlies and especially the kids as they get older. We suggested this for a feature it deserves.

May 06, 2012 10:05 PM #4
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Elizabeth ~ Great Post. When I was a kid, I moved from South Dakota, to Guam, to New Hampshire and then to California. This all happened from '67-'75. The transitions that were made, weren't as tough when I was younger, but as I got into my teen years things were somewhat more difficult. The lifestyle, if you will, (N.H. - CA) was the hardest. I wish this type of information had been available to my siblings and myself. There is so much to learn and many things to expect. Being prepared for them can make life a little less stressful. Thanks. I too suggested.

May 06, 2012 10:18 PM #5
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Good morning, Elizabeth, so true. Kids are very vulnerable to a move because of their lack of grasping the whole situation. Great post!

May 07, 2012 02:38 AM #6
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

As a military kid that did this every 18-24 months from age 4 to age 17, I can tell you one thing. We get used to it! It really becomes a way of life. I think my parents did a fabulous job with 4 of us, everything seemed to go pretty smooth every time.

May 07, 2012 02:43 AM #7
Kevin Sembrat
Diversified RCS Inc; - Manhattan, NY

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for a great post that can be referred back to time and again!



May 07, 2012 02:53 AM #8
Elizabeth Straessle, MRP
All American Home Source Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
~Military Spouse~

Dorie, Al & Peggy- Thanks so much!

Jon- Wow that is a lot of moving. It seems like every age group has different reactions to moving. I can imagine how hard it is moving as a teenager. I actually have friends were one parent will stay put until the kids graduate high school while the other parent transfers.

Sandy- Very true. In that way they are a lot like our furry kids...not sure what is going on they just know they have a new place to sniff out and explore!

Corinne- I'm glad things went good for you. I think the parents have a lot of impact on how kids react.

Kevin- Your welcome. Feel free to visit as much as you like.


May 07, 2012 09:50 AM #9
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I have been in the same rough area so this is hard to imagine for a youngster.
May 07, 2012 06:15 PM #10
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Elizabeth, I was a military brat and fortunately, I adapted well and even embraced the opportunity to move...especially when going overseas! Good thing I was born with the travel bug. :)


May 07, 2012 06:22 PM #11
Elizabeth Straessle, MRP
All American Home Source Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
~Military Spouse~

Leilani- I think going overseas would be a great experience for kids to learn about different cultures!

May 08, 2012 06:11 AM #12
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