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Tips for parents to help children and teens with deployment: Week 1

published: 03-05-2012 Journal entry icon

Many children and teenagers born and raised in military families learn to adapt to their parent’s deployment and return and become more resilient as a result. However, no family is immune to stress. Learning what strategies work best for your family—and each family member—is important for optimal performance over the long run.

Over the next five weeks, HPRC will suggest some practical strategies that you can use as a parent to help your children and teens to cope with deployment and post-deployment reintegration.

Week #1 tips: Try talking with your child about any phase of deployment.

  • Help your children stay in touch with their deployed parent—whether through phone calls, videos, or email. Keeping the absent parent up-to-date with events on the home front helps make the homecoming easier.
  • Talk about changes that occur during deployment. If your child doesn’t want to talk, encourage expression through playing or drawing.
  • Allow and encourage your children to ask any questions they may have regarding deployment—before, during, and after—and give them open, honest, and age-appropriate answers.