Parent-child mental health resources

Military kids often cope with different emotions—such as fear, worry, and sadness—especially during a parent’s deployment. When parents return home, kids sometimes experience other feelings or changes in behavior. Get solid advice and strategies to build your parenting skills and keep your family close.

Parenting for Service Members and Veterans
This web page from the VA includes links to an online parenting course for Military Service Members and Veterans. You also can read up on topics such as parent-child communication, discipline, stress, and more.

Helping Your Child with Difficult Emotions
Learn tips to help your child cope with negative feelings and behavior. This module from VA’s parenting course explores positive communication, discipline, and ways for military families to manage their emotions.

Managing Stress and Emotions as a Parent
In this parenting-course module from the VA, find out how to manage your stress and navigate parenting during tough times.

Parenting with Emotional & Physical Challenges
It can be hard to return from deployment with physical and emotional challenges. Learn how to boost your parenting skills, optimize your family, and stay resilient in this module from the VA parenting course.