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The military brat lifestyle typically involves moving to new states or countries many times while growing up, as the child’s military family is customarily transferred to new non-combat assignments; consequently, many military brats never have a home town. War-related family stresses are also a commonly occurring part of military brat life. There are also other aspects of military brat life that are significantly different in comparison to the civilian American population, often including living in foreign countries and or diverse regions within the U.S., exposure to foreign languages and cultures, and immersion in military culture.

The military brats subculture has emerged over the last 200 years. The age of the phenomenon has meant military brats have also been described by a number of researchers as one of America’s oldest and yet least well-known and largely invisible subcultures. They have also been described as a “modern nomadic subculture”.

“Military brat” is known in U.S. military culture as a term of endearment and respect. The term may also connote a military brat’s experience of mobile upbringing, and may reference a sense of worldliness. Research has shown that most current and former military brats like the term; however, outside of the military world, the term “military brat” can sometimes be misunderstood by the non-military population, where the word “brat” is often a pejorative term. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the POV of a military brat.

Journaling Prompt: How does/did your parents’ work affect your family’s culture?

Art Prompt: Military brat

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how your parents’ jobs affected you when you were growing up.

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Nancy didn’t talk to anyone the first week, nor the second. The boys in Jack’s cabin said Nancy had escaped from juvenile prison and was hiding out. Other cabins had their own rumors.

Nancy was a Kennedy.

Nancy had her tongue ripped out by wolves.

Nancy ripped out her own tongue.

Nancy had tattoos.

Nancy had no parents.

Nancy had seventeen parents, the result of a series of divorces, kidnappings, and illegal adoptions.

Nancy was an alien.

Nancy was a witch.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a new girl at school and the mystery of who she is.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you didn’t understand.

Art Prompt: Shy girl

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a mysterious person you met.

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Jack arrived at camp six years and three weeks ago. His mother dropped him off at his cabin with his trunk, book bag, and dragon egg. The trunk held three bathing suits, fourteen t-shirts, ten pairs of shorts, white socks, and underwear, each with Jack’s name written in black permanent marker in thick, block letters. Inside the book bag were five books from the Craven County Public School recommended summer reading list, a Walkman, various toiletries, an Uno deck, stationery, envelopes, stamps, and four bags of chocolate bars he’d stolen from his older brother Robert. –I’ve Come to Marry the Princess by HELENA BELL

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about being stranded for years at summer camp.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the first time you went away from home and your family for a stay.

Art Prompt: Dragon’s Egg

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about summer camp.

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My parents knew I was a witch before I was born. –The Key to St. Medusa’s by KAT HOWARD

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What did your parents believe about you before you were born?

Art Prompt: Witch

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of how your parents expectations for you shaped your development.

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There are those who suggests that a child is a tabula rasa when born, a blank page, which remains to be filled out by life experience. That is not true. Children are born with encoded nature of their genetic being, and they are born with a history of their culture and their family infused into their very conception, and as the context into which they are received. This becomes what is innate and in each of us yearns to be heard and recognized, to be named and known in relationship to others-to exist. –In the Moment: Celebrating the Everyday by Harvey L Rich, M.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the background of your protagonist, considering genetics, culture, and family history. 

Journaling Prompt: What part of your personality do you believe you were born with and what came through life experiences?

Art Prompt: My personality

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the interplay between innate personality and life experiences in shaping a personality.

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