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Chill Drills

Chill Drills Playaway

Heidi J. Bauer, MSW, LCSW, a therapist specializing in working with service members and their families, presents an overview of her four simple drills to help reverse the symptoms of stress. Available as a playaway, these drills can help slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and reduce the level of stress hormones in your body. By doing these drills regularly, you can lower your baseline stress level and be better prepared to deal with stress in the future.

Military Youth Coping With Separation: When Family Members Deploy DVD

Military Youth Coping With Separation: When Family Members Deploy

This video program is designed specifically for older children and adolescents as they face military deployment in their family. This product was developed by military pediatricians and adolescent medicine specialists to help military youth understand that they are not alone when they experience family separation. It also provides tools for young people to use to begin to understand and cope in healthy ways with their feelings and emotions related to a military deployment. The video program utilizes the cutting edge concepts of psycho education and youth centeredness in order to emphasize prevention and resilience whenever possible.

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Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Family Reunion After Deployment

This video helps families deal with deployment separation stress in healthy, positive ways by developing resiliency and coping mechanisms in children and their families and decreasing community stress and family dysfunction. This kit covers all phases of deployment, focusing on family integration. Written and performed by children and their parents who have experienced deployment, it presents common scenarios that most families face and can be used in proactive community family support training related to deployment separation issues. Share it with military (active duty, National Guard or reserve) and civilian families, schools, churches and other civilian support organizations.

Book/Booklets

Cover image for the booklet Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain

Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain

Bullies are mean. Bullies are scary. Bullies are a pain in the brain — and every child needs to know what to do when confronted by one. This book blends humor with serious, practical suggestions for coping with bullies.

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Home Again

This children's board book is designed to support young children, their parents and caregivers through post-deployment reunification. The book addresses family change and connectedness from the child’s perspective, capturing the range of emotions and experiences associated with a parent returning home after deployment.

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Honoring Our Babies and Toddlers: Supporting Young Children Affected by a Military Parent’s Injury

This booklet explores the issues of stress, trauma, grief and loss as it relates to reunion with an injured parent.

Cover image of the I'm Here for You Now book.

I'm Here for You Now

This children's board book is designed to support young children when a parent is deployed or during other stressful times. Each page has a window for you to insert personal photos.

Cover image of the Over There (Daddy Version) book.

Over There (Daddy Version)

This board book can provide reassurance and comfort to a young child who is separated from a military parent because of deployment. Through this book, parents and caregivers can help keep hearts and minds open for a successful reunion. Each book has an insert in the back for a photo of the deployed parent so that the child can see daddy while thinking about him.

Cover image of the Over There (Mommy Version) book.

Over There (Mommy Version)

This board book can provide reassurance and comfort to a young child who is separated from a military parent because of deployment. Through this book, parents and caregivers can help keep hearts and minds open for a successful reunion. Each book has an insert in the back for a photo of the deployed parent so that the child can see mommy while thinking about her.

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Taking The "Duh" Out of Divorce

Divorce is painful and confusing for everyone involved, especially kids. Using gentle humor, Trevor Romain gives kids practical, helpful advice for dealing with the pain of divorce - such as knowing that it isn't their fault, that they shouldn't take sides or hide their emotions and that talking to friends can really help.

Brochure

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Military Academic Advancement Program Brochure

The Military Academic Advancement Program offers premier graduate-level distance-education opportunities to military spouses, veterans, service members and civilian professionals serving the military community. The MAAP promotes the professional development of participants and helps the Department of Defense develop its workforce in the areas of child, youth and family programs.

CDs and DVDs

Cover image of the Double Duty: Staying Connected With Your Kids When You’re a Deployed Dad DVD.

Double Duty: Staying Connected With Your Kids When You're a Deployed Dad

In this CD, fatherhood expert and former Marine Airman Brott talks about ways to stay close with your child from before you deploy to after you return.

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Over There CD

On this recording, former Navy psychologist Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft and women across the service branches discuss their challenges and successes as mothers who deployed. Please note, the zip file is 65.4 MB and may take time to download.

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Sesame Street's Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce

Multimedia outreach resources leverage the power of the beloved Sesame Street Muppets to provide families and young children ages 2 to 8 with critically-needed resources to help reassure children that they will be cared for, and that, together with their families, they can learn ways to cope with the stress and changes associated with divorce or separation and have hope for the future. This research-based initiative offers tools to help young children cope with and understand divorce at an age-appropriate level and aid families in managing the impact of this tough transition.

Cover of Sesame Street’s When Families Grieve kit.

Sesame Street's When Families Grieve

"Talk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieve" is a DVD resource kit featuring Elmo, other Sesame Street Muppets and the courageous stories of families who have experienced the death of a parent. The bilingual (English and Spanish) kit includes a DVD, children’s storybook and guide for parents and caregivers.

Sesame Street's Little Children, Big Challenges: Resilience

Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges: Resilience

"Little Children, Big Challenges" introduces the skills and strategies young children (ages 2 to 5) needed to build resilience and persevere through day-to-day challenges, such as beating the bedtime blues, trying new things and making new friends, and significant transitions and situations, such as mean or aggressive behavior, sibling rivalry and relocation. This bilingual family guide contains tips and strategies and includes a Sesame Street DVD featuring a Muppet story and music videos with real children and families.

The Latest - Sesame Street’s Talk, Listen, and Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes

Sesame Street’s Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes

This bilingual multimedia outreach program is designed to support military families with children between the ages of 2 and 5 as they cope with the feelings, challenges and concerns experienced during different phases of deployment.

Educational Items

Cover image for the booklet Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain

Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain

Bullies are mean. Bullies are scary. Bullies are a pain in the brain — and every child needs to know what to do when confronted by one. This book blends humor with serious, practical suggestions for coping with bullies.

Cover image of the Home Again book.

Home Again

This children's board book is designed to support young children, their parents and caregivers through post-deployment reunification. The book addresses family change and connectedness from the child’s perspective, capturing the range of emotions and experiences associated with a parent returning home after deployment.

Cover image of the I'm Here for You Now book.

I'm Here for You Now

This children's board book is designed to support young children when a parent is deployed or during other stressful times. Each page has a window for you to insert personal photos.

Cover image of the Over There (Daddy Version) book.

Over There (Daddy Version)

This board book can provide reassurance and comfort to a young child who is separated from a military parent because of deployment. Through this book, parents and caregivers can help keep hearts and minds open for a successful reunion. Each book has an insert in the back for a photo of the deployed parent so that the child can see daddy while thinking about him.

Cover image of the Over There (Mommy Version) book.

Over There (Mommy Version)

This board book can provide reassurance and comfort to a young child who is separated from a military parent because of deployment. Through this book, parents and caregivers can help keep hearts and minds open for a successful reunion. Each book has an insert in the back for a photo of the deployed parent so that the child can see mommy while thinking about her.

Cover image of the Taking the

Taking The "Duh" Out of Divorce

Divorce is painful and confusing for everyone involved, especially kids. Using gentle humor, Trevor Romain gives kids practical, helpful advice for dealing with the pain of divorce - such as knowing that it isn't their fault, that they shouldn't take sides or hide their emotions and that talking to friends can really help.

Fact Sheets

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5210 Healthy Military Children Fact Sheet

The 5210 Healthy Military Children campaign encourages parents to help their children take simple steps toward lifetime wellness. This fact sheet explains how the 5210 principles can also be incorporated into adult lives, creating a family effort to reduce obesity and increase physical and nutritional health.

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Keeping Children Healthy and Active Fact Sheet

The Department of Defense strives to support the health and well-being of military service members and their families. Their participation in the White House's Task Force on Childhood Obesity augments these efforts, helping identify strategies to prevent and treat childhood obesity within the military community.

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Military Academic Advancement Program Fact Sheet

The Military Academic Advancement Program offers premier graduate-level distance-education opportunities to military spouses, veterans, service members and civilian professionals serving the military community. The MAAP promotes the professional development of participants and helps the Department of Defense develop its workforce in the areas of child, youth and family programs.

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Military Extension Internship Program Fact Sheet

The Military Extension Internship Program provides college students and recent college graduates with practical work experience in child and youth programs on military installations around the world. This fact sheet explains the basics of this workforce development initiative.

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Military Youth of the Year Fact Sheet

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have worked with the Department of Defense for more than two decades to provide nationally recognized, evidence-based programming for thousands of military youths around the world. The organization sponsors a Military Youth of the Year competition, in addition to the overall National Youth of the Year award.

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Month of the Military Child Fact Sheet

April is the Month of the Military Child, during which the Department of Defense and communities around the world honor military children and youth. Children of service members display courage and resilience in the face of frequent moves and deployment, and the DoD is committed to supporting their health and well-being.

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Sesame Workshop Child Resilience Initiative: Little Children, Big Challenges Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides information about the Sesame Workshop book and DVD "Little Children, Big Challenges," part of the Child Resilience Initiative. The softcover book and DVD are available at no cost to military families through Military OneSource.

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Sesame Workshop Resources for Military Families Fact Sheet

Sesame Workshop brings important life lessons to children across the world, such as how to cope with a deployed parent. This fact sheet showcases the results of this collaboration with the Department of Defense, which has produced no cost multimedia resources through Military OneSource for military families since 2006.

Posters

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Sesame Workshop/Military OneSource Poster (11" X 17")

This Sesame Workshop/Military OneSource poster, sized to the specifications listed, was developed specifically for service providers and highlights Sesame's "Talk, Listen, Connect" resources to help military families and their little ones cope with deployment, changes and grief.

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Sesame Workshop/Military OneSource Poster (24" X 18")

This Sesame Workshop/Military OneSource poster, sized to the specifications listed, was developed specifically for service providers and highlights Sesame's "Talk, Listen, Connect" resources to help military families and their little ones cope with deployment, changes and grief.

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Trevor Romain Company/Military OneSource Poster

This Trevor Romain Company/Military OneSource poster was developed specifically for service providers and highlights Trevor Romain's interactive materials to help students of all ages deal with tough situations.

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ZERO TO THREE/Military OneSource Poster

This ZERO TO THREE/Military OneSource poster was developed specifically for service providers and highlights ZERO TO THREE's resources and information to help military families support and nurture their babies and toddlers.

Toolkits

Family Readiness System: External Service Providers Toolkit

Family Readiness System: External Service Providers Toolkit

You play a critical role in distributing timely, accurate and relevant information to service members and their families. The majority of today’s service members and their families do not live on a military base, and civilian support agencies and programs are more involved than ever in supporting military families. Families in every stage of military life rely on you for services and support, including everything from counseling to child care. As you work with service members and their families, we hope you will use the information in this toolkit to help us share important information about Department of Defense family support policy.

Family Readiness System: Internal Service Providers Toolkit

Family Readiness System: Internal Service Providers Toolkit

Department of Defense service providers play a critical role in providing timely, accurate and relevant information to service members and their families. You provide services and support to military families around the world, at every stage of military life. These families rely on you as part of their trusted network of support, and your contributions directly impact mission readiness. We designed this toolkit to assist you in your role, helping you ensure all families can access the services they need to manage the challenges of everyday life and those associated with military life.

Family Readiness System: Leaders Toolkit

Family Readiness System: Leaders Toolkit

Military leaders play a critical role in providing timely, accurate and relevant information to service members, their families and survivors. The Family Readiness System assists you in preventing, identifying and addressing family readiness challenges within your force. This toolkit was developed to help you share important information about family readiness policy with the ultimate goal of helping you maintain a mission-ready force and optimize military family readiness.

Family Readiness System: Public Affairs Toolkit

Family Readiness System: Public Affairs Toolkit

Public affairs officers play a significant role in providing timely, accurate and relevant information to service members and their families. You are responsible for ensuring consistent messaging about your branch’s family programs and services and ensuring alignment with the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s family program messaging. Given your unique and sometimes challenging role, we designed this Family Readiness System Toolkit specifically for you.

Cover of the Trevor Romain’s Memory Box Grief Comfort Kit.

Trevor Romain's Memory Box Grief Comfort Kit

This Trevor Romain comfort kit for kids is centered on the Parents Choice Gold Award-winning DVD, "What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?" Despite the serious subject matter, kids of all ages are enlightened and encouraged as Romain's characters learn how to move toward grief instead of running away from it. This comfort kit includes a DVD, book, a journal for self-expression, a stuffed animal for comfort, a special memory box for keepsakes, and a booklet for caregivers.

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