The animated story of an athletic, independent and social 17 year old girl from a military-connected family. She is busy with friends, sports, and school, but her mother worries that her daughter hasn’t re-established a close relationship with her dad since his return from Iraq. She believes father and daughter want to re-connect and wants to know how best to help them. Paula K. Rauch MD considers the possible role of post-traumatic stress (PTS) on top of the normal challenges of reintegration. Dr. Rauch also suggests ways in which families can re-connect after prolonged deployment.
The animated story of a civic minded teenager from a military-connected family who feels his brother’s military service and sacrifice is unrecognized in his school community. His mother worries about her son’s silence and fears that his anger and isolation are increasing. Paula K. Rauch MD suggests ways this teenager might share his family’s military experience with his peers and his school community.
Paula K. Rauch MD explains how military-connected parents, and all parents, can improve their communication skills with their children. Dr. Rauch emphasizes the importance of listening and talking with your child so that you can learn what may be weighing down your child on his or her developmental climb. Especially during challenging or changing times such as deployment and reintegration, good parent-child communication is essential for supporting a child’s resilience and emotional health.
In this child development talk on pre-schoolers, Paula K. Rauch MD describes the typical thinking and behavior for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Topics include magical thinking, learning to manage frustrations, setting limits, preparing for transitions including deployment and reintegration, and the powerful influence of temperament.
The animated story of a dare-devil and carefree 14 year old boy from a military-connected family who makes friends easily, but whose grades have slipped during his father’s deployment. His mother wonders whether it is their frequent moves, higher expectations at middle school or something else that accounts for the change. Paula K. Rauch MD listens to the military family’s story and offers parenting guidance and advice on school placement and educational testing.