9 Local Resources Just for Your Military Family


9 Local Resources Just for Your Military Family

Parenthood can be difficult for any family to navigate. Luckily, Hampton Roads is home to several resources, both on- and off-installation, that provide valuable parenting support — tailored to the military experience. Check out the following programs in your community that can equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make your job as a parent easier. Visit Military OneSource for even more resources throughout Hampton Roads.


    • Fleet and Family Support Center Being in the military presents unique challenges for sailors and their families. The Fleet and Family Support Center offers an array of workshops on topics for the entire family. Learn about ways to cope with deployment, techniques for parenting teenagers, tips for managing your personal finances, and much more.
    • Budget for Baby Workshop Expecting a baby can be exciting. Preparing for it financially can be intimidating. Let the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society help you start planning with its free Budget for Baby workshop. You’ll learn how to make wise financial decisions, save money, and develop a family budget. 
    • Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters With topics like breast-feeding, sleep safety, family stress, and child discipline, the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters offers a wide variety of parenting classes and workshops.
    •  Stroller Warriors® Get in shape while meeting other military parents. Consider joining a fitness group like Stroller Warriors. This free running club for military spouses is dedicated to helping military families worldwide live happier, healthier lives through fitness, friendship, leadership, goal-setting, networking, fundraising, and community service. Visit the Virginia Beach and Yorktown chapter Facebook page to connect with Stroller Warriors in your community
    • Norfolk Public Library Share the importance of reading with your little ones. Norfolk Public Library hosts many different programs for children, including KinderREAD to help preschoolers prepare for kindergarten and Tales to Tails to help young students improve their skills by reading to therapy dogs.
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters Having a deployed parent can be hard. Give your child one more positive role model to look up to and confide in through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Its Military Mentoring Program also offers an extra layer of support by connecting military children ages 6–18 with a “Big” who is enrolled in the military, ROTC, or a military school.
    • Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads Looking for credible child care options in the area? Connect with the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads, which provides before- and after-school care and frequently hosts family-fun events
    • 4-H Military Clubs   4-H is an organization that enables children to learn life skills through hands-on experiences. Their programs help youth build self-esteem and challenge them to be innovative and creative with the guidance of adult mentors. Participants work together to complete projects in areas such as health, science, agriculture, and citizenship. Find 4-H clubs and programs in Hampton Roads.
    • Give an Hour When life gets challenging, sometimes just talking about it can make all the difference. Give an Hour is a nonprofit that connects licensed mental health professionals with service members, veterans, or their loved ones affected by post-9/11 military service. Talk anonymously with a provider about parenting challenges or other stresses during these free counseling sessions.

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