Cadet Parenting For Dummies

Issue #1

In this edition I include tips, based on my experiences as a preppie and cadet parent, that will help you stay connected to your cadet, especially during their first year. Please use them as you see fit.

  1. GET AMAZON PRIME! I can’t mention that any louder or enough. So you think your son or daughter is going to the Academy and will be isolated from everything and everyone? They will spend every waking hour at attention and parade rest? Well guess again! You’re going to find out like I did, much to my surprise, that our cadets have more freedom than we thought. So be prepared for surprises now and then.
  2. Be patient! The first weeks at the Academy, they are participating in Cadet Basic Training. This means they will be in the field and doing military training. Don’t count on hearing anything from them until that time is over. You may receive an old fashioned letter, so cherish it. Once they are back and get control of their phones, that may be the only letter you receive.
  3. Make sure to buy lots of stamps, envelopes, and writing paper. Then, after BCT, put them on a back shelf and get your cell phone out. Cadets have liberal cell phone privileges and can text and call quite often. Of course, they’re teenagers so expect them to mostly call when they want something (see tip number 1 above.)
  4. Be patient! The first weeks at the Academy, they are participating in Cadet Basic Training. This means they will be in the field and doing military training. Don’t count on hearing anything from them until that time is over. You may receive an old fashioned letter, so cherish it. Once they are back and get control of their phones, that may be the only letter you receive
  5. Order goodie bags! Cadets love to get care packages. The Colorado Parents Group sells goodie bags several times a year and will deliver directly to your cadet’s squadron. It’s worth the surprise and joy your cadet will have.
  6. Plan out some time to visit. Take in a football game together. Cadets do get some free time on the weekends. Colorado Springs is a beautiful area with lots of exciting things to do.

 

That wraps up this edition of Cadet Parenting for Dummies. Please look for more inspiring discussion in the future. And in the meantime, remember that your Cadet is in good hands and only a call or Amazon order away!

~ Tim Godfrey


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