Getting through deployment can be a daunting task for all involved, but especially for children. These resources are for parents who want to help their children deal with deployment.
- Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with Separation
- The Department of Defense compiled this informative guide to help parents (and others) help children and teens deal with deployment-related separations. Information, tips, and resources highlight the effects of deployment (one to 11 months), the initial post-deployment stage (three to six months), post-deployment/reunion tips, and warning signs for adjustment troubles.
- Teens & Deployment: What to Expect and How to Help
- This section of the Real Warriors website provides information about what to expect from your teen, with tips to help you cope during and after deployment.
- Helping Children Cope with Deployments and Reunions
- The Defense Centers of Excellence has tips for helping your child cope with a parent’s deployment and tips for helping parents cope as well.
- Taking Care of You—Taking Care of Your Children
- Check out the RealWarriors campaign that provides tips and Q&As for parents and caregivers to help children cope with a parent’s deployment, including symptoms to watch for that show a child’s distress.
- Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes
- A guide from Sesame Street with tips for parents to help their young children cope with deployment, homecoming, and the changes needed to establish a "new normal." It provides age-appropriate examples for helping children cope with the transition of deployment.
- Courage to Care for Me: Tips for Caring for Your Newborn and Yourself
- From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), this brochure includes what military parents should expect with a newborn, tips for helping you and your baby settle in together, important health conditions you should be aware of as a parent, and tips for remembering to take care of yourself.