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For Parents

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.
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.
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 prepare your teens for a parent’s deployment. It also includes information about coping during and after deployment.
Talking to Your Kids About War
The Navy’s Combat and Operational Stress program has information about how to talk to your kids about war and what the absent parent is going, with tips by age group.
Preparing Children for Deployment
The Real Warriors website has a section on preparing children for deployment. They give tips such as letting your children know you love them unconditionally, helping them establish a sense of belonging and security, and providing strategies that you can use with your spouse and your children.