Helping Kids Cope With a Parent’s Military Deployment

Child Mind Institute

Dr. Jaime Howard has prepared a short video with tips on handling deployment issues.


There is no easy way to tell a child that a parent is being deployed, but this article gives guidance on what a parent can do to help the child.

This article has tips on talking with the child about the deployment, activities to do before and during the deployment.

Military One Source

Prepare your children for the deployment cycle by making plans for and with them. This article lists things to do with them before, during, and after the deployment.


Written by a military spouse who has dealt with two deployments, this article has ten ways to help children cope with deployments.

Smart Couples (University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences)

Smart Couples provide tips for families with a deploying parent followed by a list of further resources.

VeryWell Family

Books are a great way to help children cope and VeryWell provides a list of eleven books that can aid children to cope with a parent’s deployment.