According to the American Association of School Administrators, there are currently 1.2 million military children of active-duty members worldwide. With so many in active duty, it is necessary to speak with your children, no matter the age, about the possibility of deployment, and how it can affect them.
Child Mind Institute
Dr. Jaime Howard has prepared a short video with tips on handling deployment issues.
While there is no easy way to tell a child that a parent is being deployed, this article gives guidance on what a parent can do to help the child.
Books are a great way to help children cope. This article lists eleven books that can aid children to cope with a parent’s deployment.
For a full list of resources, please visit Helping Kids to Cope with a Parent’s Military Deployment