If there is one thing you can count on in the Marine Corps, it’s getting Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. While PCS’ing can be exciting, it also takes a lot of time and energy. It can be a very emotional experience, especially for kids, regardless of their age. No matter how many times your family has PCS’d, each time is different, and each family member reacts in his or her own way.
Preparing kids for the unavoidable “move” can be challenging, but Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) provides training to help Marine Corps kids navigate through the ups and downs of the Marine Corps lifestyle. L.I.N.K.S. 4 Kids and L.I.N.K.S. for Teens is designed to support Marine Corps kids and teens as they transition to each new duty station. Even the most experienced Marine Corps kid or teen may have a different reaction from their last move depending on their personality and developmental stage. Roller coaster emotions are common; your child may be excited one day, then angry and sad the next. Expect the unexpected! The biggest worry for most kids and teens is whether they will make new friends and fit in at their new school. L.I.N.K.S. 4 Kids and L.I.N.K.S. for Teens introduces your children to the many resources and programs available to them on the base. It also provides an opportunity to meet other Marine Corps kids and teens.
Being the “New Kid” isn’t always easy, but being prepared helps in every situation! Share this list with your children and see what they come up with! Often times, they will let you know what they need when given the opportunity.
For more information on L.I.N.K.S. or to locate a class near you, click here.
Are you moving to a new duty station this summer? Your Information and Referral (I&R) Specialist can provide relocation assistance and valuable resources that will help you and your family move with ease.
Follow this checklist from the School Liaison Program and you’ll have everything you need to make your child’s school registration go smoothly.