Military Life Parenting

35 Ways You Know Your Kid is a Brat

While being in a military family doesn’t mean that everything about their childhood will be different, we know that the unique lifestyle can give our kids perspectives about life that many kids in civilian families don’t experience.

Not to mention the uncanny ability our “military brats” have in fluent acronym speak, adjusting to military culture, and finding the silver lining in some tough situations.

Our awesome group of collaborators put their heads together to come up with a list of ways you know your kid is a “brat”… a MILITARY brat that is!  We want to know…what would you add to this list?

35 Ways You Know Your Kid is a Brat!
(Feature Photo Credit: Alishia Perez)

Collaborators: Ashley Broadway-Mack, Rebecca Alwine, Kenna Ray Hunter, Rebekah Gleaves Sanderlin, Cyndia Rios-Myers, Katie Foley, Beth Anglin Garland, Stacy Allsbrook Huisman, Lori Falkner Volkman, Erin Whitehead

1. Every time we drive through the gate, our son salutes and says, “Have a great day SGT!” (No matter the rank, he loves the word SGT!) Cody Jimenez

2. They call their friends parents “Mrs. and Major, or Mr. and Colonel”

3. They have a daddy/mommy deployment doll.

4. They think it’s weird that their school friends’ dads or moms don’t deploy.

5. They know the seating plans on airplanes and the ramifications of them.

6. Even as preschoolers they don’t yell “It’s a plane/helicopter!!” They yell “It’s a C-130/Chinook!!” My 5 year old daughter now identifies Russian Helos by the sound!

                 Patrice Mims 2

Photo credits: Cody Jiminez and Patrice Mims

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