Deployment sucks (I know I’ve said THAT before!), but as an adult, I can manage (most of the time anyways 😉 ).
For kids, it’s different. They don’t always REALLY understand why daddy or mommy are gone. They sometimes don’t have the verbal skills to express how they’re feeling, and more often than not, kids don’t have the emotional maturity to deal with it all on their own. That’s what WE’RE here for, right?
So today’s post isn’t so much a post as a question:
How do YOU help your kids get through a deployment?
When my big girls were little, we made countdown chains … adding and taking away days after bedtime as necessary, and having pictures of Josh and of our family around is just part of our everyday. Besides that and talking about dad and writing him letters and emails, that’s pretty much how WE do it. SO I’m curious to hear from others how they help there kids, of all ages, understand and thrive during a deployment.
You can leave your ideas in comments (clink the comment link under the title), or if you have pictures, I’d love to see them! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!!!