Every parent wants their child to grow up brave and strong, but how do you put on a brave face when your teen wants to join the military?
"When my oldest son, Timothy, decided what to do when he graduates this year, I did not expect he would ever say, 'I am joining the Army.' I was shocked. Then I cried for days," Julie G. says.
Similarly, Jennifer says her 16-year-old son has been talking about joining the military for a couple of years, but as he gets closer to reaching an adult age, she is worried. "He is my baby and I am so scared of him leaving and not coming home. It is very honorable and brave for him to want to defend this country and I am so proud of him. But I am scared," she says.
If you, too, are wondering how to respond when your child wants to join the military, Circle of Moms members offer four tips.