Boot Camp: [Part 1] Boot Camp is Hard on Parents
Posted By: Valerie Sweet 09-09-10
BOOT CAMP IS HARD ON PARENTS: Boot Camp is the hardest thing your child will ever do. It’s also the hardest thing you will ever do. As a Marine Mom who has supported the brother I raised and two sons through Marine Boot Camp and training, I know how it hard it is to wait for the first letter from boot camp. I know how hard it is to read those first letters when your son or daughter sounds depressed, upset, and defeated. I know how hard it is to read that your son or daughter feels like they made a mistake and want to come home. I know how hard it is when your son or daughter says they have an injury or a cold or the flu and do not want the Drill Instructors to know because they don’t want to redo several weeks of boot camp they may miss by going to medical. I hope the things I write here help you. I spent many nights in tears, missing my babies and wondering if I had made the right decision pushing and encouraging them to become Marines. I can honestly say, each time it was the absolute best decision my recruit and I ever made. None of us have any regrets. But that does not make the homesickness disappear for the Marine or the heartache disappear for the parent. It’s simply something we all endure. However, all the hugs and kisses after each absence almost fill that hole. This written in several parts due to word limitations for this forum – Part 1: Marine Mom, Boot Camp is Hard on Parents; Part 2: Boot Camp Letters Are Slow; Part 3: What to Write; Part 4: Drill Instructor Letter, Phone Calls from Your Recruit; Part 5: Recruits Hating Boot Camp, Boot Camp Injuries; Part 6: Getting Use to Away Time, Recruit Privacy Issues.
CONTACT ME: [See Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6 for more tips.] I’m happy to answer questions, commiserate, share your triumphs and joys of your recruit, help you provide encouragement; anything at all … just let me know.
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