Welcome to the Journey!
Our children have chosen a very unique journey: Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. As their parents, it is up to us to give them the support and encouragement they will need for the years ahead, not only as Midshipmen, but also as future Naval Officers.
But what about us as parents? Most of us walk through the gate on I-Day unfamiliar with life at USNA, not knowing exactly what to expect and not knowing what we need to know. As we listen to and encourage our children in frequently unfamiliar territory, sometimes “we’ve got this!”, and sometimes we may feel lost and uncertain.
My goal is to support, encourage, and equip USNA parents with strength, knowledge, and wisdom to navigate this unique journey successfully alongside our Midshipmen, regardless of what year or stage we are in. N*avy Moms and Dads, or MidMoms and MidDads are a different breed: we stick together, we are resilient, we are faithful, we are not strangers but are lifelong friends even if we have never met. We will always share the lifelong bond of our journey and our Midshipmen’s journey. And, of course, like our Mids, we Never Give Up the Ship!
I am thankful for you and I feel privileged that you are choosing to join me on this unique journey on a road less traveled. Welcome, and know that I am here for you!
There are many useful tips, up-to-date information and advice to help you navigate the unique journey that is USNA. From appointment through Commissioning and beyond, there will be valuable information and insight for everyone, even for military families not familiar with USNA. This is a must read for all new and not-so-new parents alike. Buckle up and get ready for the amazing ride!
I invite you to read this article that was written by fellow USNA 2020 parent Karl Smith for his blog My Kid the Mid for the launch of my book.