Parenting Through Deployment

Planning for a deployment requires the organization of a number of details. But as a MilParent, deployment preparation has an extra, important step — preparing your children for each phase of the deployment cycle (before deployment, deployment and after deployment). Let Military OneSource help you tap into the resources you need to help make your deployment a smooth one for your entire family.

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Thrive Helps Military Parents and Children

Learn positive parenting, stress management and healthy lifestyle practices with this free online program. It’s flexible for busy parents like you.

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Sesame Street for Military Families Helps Children Through Life’s Milestones

The Defense Department has drawn on the familiar Sesame Street characters to help children ages 2-6 through the milestones of relocations, deployments, transitions and more.

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15 Tips for Helping Your Teenager Deal With Deployment

Patience, communication and extra care can go a long way in comforting a teenager who is dealing with deployment. Knowing how to respond as a parent to the feelings associated with deployment will ensure a successful transition for everyone.

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Deployment Resources for Families

While military families know how to stand strong, the stresses of deployment can bring extra challenges. At Military OneSource, we’re here to help — by connecting you to a wide array of programs and services designed for military families.

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What To Do When You Feel Disconnected From Your Partner

One of the rewards of being in a healthy relationship is the emotional fulfillment it brings. Sharing a deep connection with someone can make the hard times easier and the good times even better. But it’s not unusual to sometimes feel disconnected from your partner. Work or parenting stress, along with the challenges of military life, can cause couples to drift apart.

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Supporting Your Military Children Through the Deployment Cycle

As parents, we want to be good role models for our children. When word of a deployment comes, you’ll get a chance to show your kids what it takes to be a good guardian of your family.


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