As my family approaches our upcoming deployment I’ve come to realize this is the first time our child will be in school during our next send off. I have recently found myself explaining to the school what exactly goes on during deployment and how to help our child through it. Here are some great resources to share with your child’s teacher to help them cope with a deployment as well as use at home too.
Who can deny how much Sesame Street has helped children learn and deal about everyday life. Sesame Street offers the Talk, Listen, and Connect program for free. Military kids can learn in a kid friendly way about deployments and what to expect. They also offer fun videos about this on their Youtube Channel that can be viewed here.
Military One Source
The Comfort Crew
The Comfort Crew offers videos on their site and really quick turnaround on the boxes they send out to the kiddies. The boxes contain journals, a teddy bear, a movie and other great surprises! Check out their website at comfortcrew.org for more info. ZERO TO THREE has some downloadable material you can use that is structured like The Comfort Crew.
Military Kids Connect
MKC provides an online community with videos, games, activities and a strong online community (patrolled by the military) that your children can find much of what they need. I found much of what my child’s teacher will need to prepare and cope with deployment. The best part is they were able to incorporate some of the game ideas on this site to classroom games helping my child’s friends understand what she was going through.
Military Kids Toolkit
Finally, check out the Military Kids Toolkit. It is customized by age and is sent to you after only 5 short questions!!
Parenting for Servicemembers
Parenting for Servicemembers and Veterans: Provides practical information on ways to communicate with children, how to discuss deployments and methods to positively discipline children. It even explains how to interpret specific emotions and behaviors that children may show at a variety of ages ranging from age 0 to 18.
Alison is a mother to a toddler, a Boxer and an English Bulldog! She is a very proud Army Wife and has been married to her man and this exciting life for 5+ years. With a few deployments under our belts and a few moves she loves to blog about what she has experienced. Detroit, MI is currently home, she is working in Orthopedics and specializes in employee relations and patient care. She is an advocate for JDRF, PTSD and Operation Home front. In her spare time she takes on the responsibilities of FRG Leader, any home renovation task she can get her hands on and any type of traveling she can experience. Alison is currently studying to become a certified Sommelier, so if you need any wine advise she is your go to girl! Contact her at: awoodburnFRG@gmail.com
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