Most kids donâ€™t do super well with big changes, and when youâ€™re a military family, there are a lot of changes.
The truth is, most parents feel like they can barely make it through the day â€” even without the added responsibility of being a military spouse.
I started Mighty and Bright because Iâ€™ve had to parent through some really tough stuff, including a horrible divorce and cancer treatment, and I felt like the amount of pressure to do it â€œrightâ€ was just too much on top of everything else.
Thereâ€™s no shortage of parenting help out there, but most of us donâ€™t have the bandwidth to actually read the stack of parenting books on our nightstands. At my core, I believe it shouldnâ€™t be this hard to help our kids build the life skills we know they need.
About ten years ago, I discovered a really easy tool that completely changed my daughterâ€™s stress level and helped her learn life skills that continue to serve her.
If Iâ€™m honest, it seemed too simple to work so I almost didnâ€™t try it. But I was desperate.
It might seem too easy, but visually showing your kids what to expect each day using their own calendar makes a life-changing difference in their stress levels. We might feel like weâ€™re constantly repeating ourselves â€” but thatâ€™s because kids need pretty much everything explained visually.
When youâ€™re able to show them their lives â€” with a kidsâ€™ calendar designed specifically for military life â€” you empower them, decrease their stress, and answer questions you might not even have realized they had.
I worked with therapists and military moms to create a tool that would help kids cope with change more easily (and make life easier on their parents!). We figured out how to take the best practices and research-backed frameworks from industry leading psychologists, and distill them down for parents to use in their everyday lives.
My goal isnâ€™t to get you to buy the calendar I created, but to introduce you to the idea that you can easily help your kids cope better just by explaining their daily routine and weekly schedule visually.
Thank you for your service!
~Sara Olsher, author, illustrator, and mom to a little girl with a big personality