preparing a child for a parent’s deployment

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Jan 26, 2018 11:34:14 AM

There are some common ideas that parents have around deployments and their children. Some believe that the little ones won’t even realize that Mom/Dad left; or since they do not have a concrete concept of time, there isn’t a reason to tell them in advance. For older children and adolescents, some parents may think that the kids just needs to be informed and don’t require any other preparation.

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reconnecting with your child after deployment

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Jan 26, 2018 11:33:25 AM

Jason was sitting on the white bus waiting to be taken to the parade field for the big homecoming formation and ceremony. This was his third time coming home, but last time his son was only 14 months old. Now, his son is six and he has a three-year-old daughter. It went well last time, but this time feels different for some reason. Jason is thrilled and ready, but he can’t help noticing that he is also nervous to see his kids again.

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what does consistency in parenting look like for military families? 

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Jan 26, 2018 11:31:58 AM

Imagine if you had no idea what would happen in your life from day to day. What if you didn’t know any of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for your job? What would it feel like to have no clue what would or wouldn’t upset your boss? For most of us, what would cause a lot of anxiety! The same is true for children. They need consistency.

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how to take the best of your military training into the family and leave the rest at the door

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Jan 25, 2018 9:03:26 AM

AdobeStock_114157963.jpegFor many, being a military service member isn’t just a job. Military service is surrounded by unique culture, values, and lifestyle. Some service members embrace their military culture and training and bring those values home to their families. Others try to intentionally separate themselves from the “soldier” at work and the “parent and spouse” at home. There is no specific RIGHT way to do things and different strategies work for different families. However, in working with military families, I have noticed that the families who are struggling tend to take an extreme approach at either end of this spectrum.

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Helping Your Child Cope with a Military Deployment

Posted by Mike Hannan on May 23, 2017 8:11:21 AM

In military families, deployment is a fact of life. Since 2001, more than 2 million children in the U.S. have had a parent deployed at least once. Close to half of those have experienced deployments of one or even both parents multiple times.[i]

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