Helping Children Deal With the Deployment Cycle

A service member reaching out to hug his wife and son, who is holding a flag in each hand.

A deployment can bring out strong emotions in every member of your family and can cause stress and anxiety, especially in children. By understanding how preschool and school-age children react during deployments you can provide support, and keep your wits about you, as so much changes around you. Three things to keep in mind:

  • Before deployment, set the example for handling stress.
  • During deployment, keep routines as normal as possible.
  • After deployment, establish a pace that works for your family.

If you think a deployment is going to present a specific challenge for your household, know that many families may also struggle with deployment. Check out Military OneSource for access to confidential, free, non-medical counseling and other resources for support or contact your local Military and Family Support Center.

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