- Family and Parenting
When Mommy and Daddy Go to War, What We Tell Our Kid
Why Mommy and Daddy Went to War
Having both parents in the military can be nerve-wrecking and scary for a kid. These children need extra love, a little spoiling, compassion, and most of all, a shoulder for the kids to cry on. To be honest, it just really isn't fair for the kids to become orphans overnight, for a cause they don't understand
The United Stated military protects our country from foreign and domestic enemy, as well as defending countries who are unable (or unwilling) to save their citizens from Some really evil and bad people. I tell my daughter; the US wants to make sure no one hurts people, especially kids, just because they are a different religion from their leaders, the leaders don't like someone's skin tone, or a woman voicing her opinion, or wanting to get a college degree and many other reasons. I assure her, we won't ever happen to live like that.
I tell her we are very lucky that we live in such a wonderful country where we have the right to voice our opinions, we can choose our religion, and it doesn't matter what skin color you are. I ask her "wouldn't you be mad if someone said that we could no longer go to out church, just because the people in charge said it was the wrong religion. That will never happen in the United States, so you have no reason to fear, but we want to make sure kids all around the world have basic human rights. While I didn't say it, child labor would be a God send compared for a child to be sold into sex slavery.
Mommy and Daddy does not go to different countries to try to make it look and feel just like America. There are many wonderful countries, and they each have their way of doing things. Like the Egyptians, would we go to Egypt and knockdown the Pyramid of Giza just to build a Mc Donald's? No way, Jose! However, my little girl said since there were three pyramids, maybe they could knock down the smaller one and make it into a Pizza Hut. We want the countries we visit to practice their religion, even if it is not ours. If someone forces by gunpoint for a person to join a church, synagogue, or mosque, that's wrong. God wants us to have faith, and you can't have faith if you are being coerced.
I told my daughter Brianna, if her best friend forever whose name is Zoe, if Zoe stole your favorite doll, and said she wouldn't give it back to you until you say the sky is purple with pink stripes. She says when she sees the sky she sees the sky being purple with pink stripes, so Brianna should too. So, because Zoe has Brianna's favorite doll, and Brianna is scared that Zoe will ruin the doll before she could go get me. So Brianna says Okay, Zoe, you win. I was wrong, the sky isn't blue, it's purple with pink stripes." Smiling, Zoe says. "told you, and if you say the sky is blue again, the consequences will be worse." By the way, this little scenario never happened.
If that were me, I wouldn't want to be friends with Zoe. (I would tell her mom she's raising a sociopath). She wants people to be just like her, to follow all her rules, and if someone goes against her, she punishes them. That's not right. A situation similar, but much more severe, confrontation about God is occurring, and instead of ruining a doll like Zoey, they fight to the death.
Part of Mommy and Daddy's job is to protect bad people from hurting us, and especially you. That's one reason we have lived on so many bases in the United States. We have lived at lot of those bases, like Cherry Point Marine Air Station, Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, Camp Johnson, Portsmouth Naval Base, Albany Logistics Base, Camp Pendleton, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Bogue Field, and Quantico Marine Base. I told Brianna all those bases that we lived in are there to protect us.
When Mommy and Daddy go to war, our goal is to make sure other people, and especially kids, live a happy and healthy life. The children, especially the girls, should have access to a good education, proper healthcare, and should be able to work if they choose. We provided medical care to many of the sick, young and old. We also hunted down local and domestic terrorists in a kill/capture mission to make sure they can't hurt anyone else. Capture/kill missions mean, try to capture them if you can, and if you can't.
I know it's hard to have a Mommy and Daddy that go to war trying to help people. We gladly make a sacrifice of our lives for our country.
Even though I know it's hard, and I know Brianna is scared that her mom and dad might die. I want you (Brianna) to know, Mommy and Daddy aren't scared if we did give our lives for our country. I know that sounds scary and sad; the chances of us dying are very, very minimal.
When Brianna asked me, very earnest question only a child can give was. "Mommy, why do you have to go to war?" I told her the truth, "I go to war now, so you won't have to later."
I want you to remember this very important bible verse
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."