For over 30 years I was a member of the United States Army. Our family moved throughout the United States, Central America, and Europe. Because of the frequent moves we were not able to associate with any community other than the Army. We feared that the constant moving would have an adverse effect on our children but, to this point, it does not seem to be the case.
Only recently, we have been able to become involved in community activities in the civilian sector. Truthfully, it has been a very rewarding experience to us.
Over a year ago, one of my loyal clients asked me if I would be interested in becoming a board member of the Rappahannock Area Council for Children and Parents (RACCAP). Truthfully, I had never heard of the group prior to his call. He described the organization and told me that he would like me to become a board member because of my experiences in the Army and in the business/real estate world. I was inducted over a year ago and have, to this point, enjoyed my association a great deal. The group's mission is to educate the public about the prevention of child abuse, by promoting positive parenting, in the Fredericksburg Virginia area.
The group provides advocacy and public awareness activities as well as direct services. One of the most significant services offered is the Circle of Parents support group. Support groups meet at seven locations in the area and dinner (usually, pizza donated by pizza shops) is provided attendees. People join together to share ideas about how they have successfully handled varying situations with their children. They discuss things that they have learned about parenting that were not discussed in the manual provided them prior to having children.
I enjoin you to look into similar programs in the area in which you live. If you have an inclination, contribute either your time or money (both if possible) to the program. Believe me, you will glad you did!