During deployment, children encounter the normal daily struggles of growing up but with the additional stress of an absent parent. Fortunately, research has been able to pinpoint the factors that help children thrive and grow during this challenging time. It helps your children if they understand and believe that their absent parent is away making a positive difference, not only for our nation but also for our world. Remind your child that the deployed parent is making a brave sacrifice we all can be proud of. While your child’s belief system is important, it is not as important as you are. You are the defining factor in how successfully your child navigates the challenges of deployment.
Your child’s resilience depends greatly on your own. By using the tools and strategies of this workbook, you become a greater model for your children. This chapter outlines some strategies specifically for helping children navigate the changes of deployment. Research indicates that the children of deployed parents manage more easily when there is open and effective communication within the Family. In addition, research finds that children who learn strategies to build resilience, manage stress, and manage emotions are far more likely to thrive. Start the Module.
Put it into Practice:
- Goal Setting Template
- Goal Setting Worksheet
- Hunt the Good Stuff Worksheet
- Parenting Resources
- Parenting Take Action
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