Maintaining an Ongoing Family Network

Family Networks usually find a natural tempo that includes periods of regular meetings, workshops or events and periods of keeping in touch by email. Networks that are ongoing avoid the challenges of getting started during more stressful periods, like prior to a major deployment or during posting season. Network members will have a better understanding of each other’s needs when they have maintained ties, and this can help prevent problems. Families learn from each other ways to manage the stresses related to the military lifestyle and to their own special needs and responsibilities. Connections made in the Family Network may expand to friendships and networks outside the military community. This can provide additional social opportunities for including the whole family.

Adapted from EMFRC Family Network Planning Guide

This page was updated December 16, 2009

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