Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. --
The United Services Organizations and the Trevor Romain Company toured local schools to talk to students about how to deal with the hardships of just being a kid April 8 through 12.
His presentations, geared toward military-connected children, taught students how to cope with a parent’s deployment and to come up with strategies to face the unique challenges of military life. The tour was hosted by five local schools, including Twentynine Palms Junior High School and the Combat Center’s Condor Elementary School.
“It’s incredibly good for us to have him here,” said Justin Monical, principal, Twentynine Palms Junior High School. “This is a great opportunity for our kids to have somebody with some specific insight and a great deal of experience speaking to students about positive ways of treating one another.”
One of Romain’s goals in his presentations is to make kids feel safe and secure with their own feelings.
“What we’re doing is helping military kids with the added stress that they have,” Romain said. “Because just being a kid is tough in general, but military kids have a little bit of added stress based on the fact that they have to move every three years or that their parents have to be deployed.”
Romain told the students about his experience being in the South African Defence Force and he has spoken to children from all over the world. The stories he told brought up topics like bully prevention, healthy friendships, facing your fears, taking care of your body and tackling homework. It also gave students perspective on the struggles children in other countries endure.
“What we do is give them the tools to be able to navigate the hurdles that they face,” Romain said. “We teach them to have a peer-to peer culture so that they can take care of themselves, asking for help when they need it and that there is no shame in asking for help.”
One of Romain’s messages was “There is no shame in having feelings.” For example, being sad that a parent is deployed. He wanted to make the students feel safe and secure with their emotions and to learn to cope with them.
“We have to remember that our students, even though 12, 13, 14 years old, that they’re still kids.” Monical said. “They still need some training, they still need some guidance and I'm glad that (Romain) is here to speak to our students.”
Romain tours the world teaching children these important messages. For more resources, visit http://www.trevorromain.com and http://www.comfortcrew.org.