contributed by Liz Zaczek, senior staff writer
The reality of a loved one’s deployment? Often the family members at home feel the absence of their service member in everything they do throughout the time away. Routines are changed, holidays and family celebrations feel different and even the youngest of children miss their deployed parent throughout their days. Helping children prepare for a parent’s deployment can make a huge difference in how they perceive that time away from mom or dad.
While planning for deployment, dealing with deployment logistics, finances and mission prep, include a plan for the children to cope with the upcoming time away from mom or dad. Children will likely have questions and feelings and preparing them is an important part of the plan. Some ideas that might help:
Each family experiences the challenges of deployment differently but most would agree that communicating with one another is the key to success during each stage of the deployment. It is important to note that sometimes professional help is the best way to cope with the challenges of deployment and life in the military.