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Discuss Support for new army parents in Welcome on Rear Party; hi just thought i would do this thread as i cant find another like it well my son is just turned 17 now and he is at army foundation college at harrogate do they offer ...
  
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    Junior Member bohoarmymum's Avatar
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    Support for new army parents

    hi just thought i would do this thread as i cant find another like it

    well my son is just turned 17 now and he is at army foundation college at harrogate

    do they offer us any support if they do i must be blind

    any one else feel like the worst is going to happen thats how i feel and i no i shouldnt but i cant help it dont no if its the post pregnancy hormones kicking in i have a nearly 16 yr old and a 5 month old baby dont blame the 16yr old he is well past his apron strings, its just my eldest who is really tugging at my heart strings at the moment,love him to pieces and i no the army is what he has wanted to do for like since he was 7 or something like that

    but when it comes to it its so heartbreaking am getting better at not crying when i take him back off leave major landmark

    its just after when i read the news or see something on tv am a blubbbering wreck

    where is the support for the famillies cant say i have heard of any

    can you help me if you have some info or you wanna chat to another silly mum pm me

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    Re: Support for new army parents

    Hi Boho. I'm not a Mum to a soldier I'm just a Mum but married to a soldier. I can sort of imagine what you're feeling right now. It's enough for me to part with my little boy at school!

    As far as support for families is concerned, I'm not sure what's there officially for you really. No doubt someone will point you in the right direction if it's out there. He's still in training but he will probably have a Welfare Officer kicking around. I know they used to have AWS bods at Harrogate (a really lovely lady too). You may be able to speak to either of them. I'd start with the AWS first if you're going to do it so you don't have an irrate son complaining about a needy Mum! (not that you're needy, just paraphrasing what I know mine would probably say!).

    As far as the news is concerned, the way I've dealt with that in the past is to just switch it off or not read it. When he goes on tour I switch my brain into 'he's just working away' mode. That helps.

    There are a few Army Mums on this site and no doubt they'll pop up and share how they feel and you won't feel so isolated then. Hopefully. Just keep smiling safe in the knowledge that he's doing something that he's always wanted to do. Be proud.

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    Re: Support for new army parents

    hi i dont let him see how i feel i don't want him with the anxiety i feel

    god he wouldnt let it live

    i feel i have crossed a bridge writing it down on here

    like a weight has been lifted

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    Re: Support for new army parents

    No 2 son is in Bassingbourn, he has settled down really quickly, all he has ever wanted, he insisted that I do not call his platoon Sgt or Cpl, as the lads whose parents do, tend to get a little bit of stick. We went to their open day at the end of October and got to speak to them face to face, they all said that if we had any worries then contact the welfare people. Although a friends son is at Harrogate and I know they speak to the staff regularly if they have any worries with no come backs.

    With the OH still serving, and us stuck in Germany, it is hard, although you do get used to OH going away (after 21 years of marriage it would be a bugger if I didn't), not sure how I will feel when 'my baby' has to go to any of the sand pits though.

    All I'm looking forward to is his 3 week Xmas leave, and to see how much he has grown up.

    I just look at it as being so proud of him, and as supportive as I can be, although he stills gets the odd bellow down the phone at how much he is racking up on his mobile bill.
    Somedays I feel like a statue, other days the pigeon!!

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