preparing for deployment

Helping Children Cope During Deployment

Deployments can be challenging for the entire military family. Even with the best preparation children may experience stress when one or both parents deploy. The at-home parent or caregiver may also experience stress as they adjust to new family roles and responsibilities. Although deployment may be challenging, military families often make adjustments that lead to new sources of strength and support.

Preparing Children for Deployment

Deployment can be emotionally challenging for the entire military family and it can be especially confusing and stressful for children. Parents can also experience stress, as they wonder how the transition will affect their children and parenting responsibilities. This article focuses on pre-deployment tips that can help prepare military families for the absence of one or both parents. The tips and resources below are designed to boost family resilience and readiness by building trust and cooperation within a family before one or both parents deploy.

Creating a Family Care Plan

Deployment can be a stressful time for military families. An important way to ease stress and boost family resilience and readiness is to make sure your family has a plan in place for when you are called to duty away from home.

Teens & Deployment: What to Expect and How to Help

Teens may be anxious, proud, sad or even confused about their parent’s upcoming deployment. Since your teen is already undergoing so many physical, emotional and social changes, taking steps to prepare him or her before you leave can be a helpful way to maintain stability in your family. Take some proactive steps to prepare your teen for your departure by trying to understand his or her reactions, offering your support and helping to establish healthy coping skills and behaviors. These steps can better equip your family to handle your extended absence and help things run more smoothly while you’re gone.

Preparing Your Finances Before Deployment

As you get ready to deploy, coordinating your financial obligations and planning your financial readiness may seem overwhelming. Although bills will continue to come each month, preparing your finances before you deploy will decrease finance-related stress and help you concentrate on the mission.

Plan for Financial Readiness Before Deployment

Financial stability is vital when it comes to personal and family readiness, especially during deployment. Setting a financial plan is particularly important for members of the National Guard and Reserve, who also have incomes from civilian employment.

Maintain Family Strength When Both Parents Deploy

As our nation continues to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, many military families will face the prospect of deployment.

Preparing for Deployment

Pre-deployment can be a stressful time for service members and their families. Whether you are a parent, a spouse or are single, making a plan prior to deployment is a great way to prepare for the road ahead. These preparations will ensure you are ready “to part” instead of simply ready “to go."
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