It’s especially hard for military kids to deal with stress, fear, and other worries about their family members on deployment. Whether you’re a parent or caregiver, the upshot is that there are many tools to help kids cope.
Prepare for deployment
Get organized for deployment with useful guides—to prepare financial and legal documents, a family care plan, and more—from Military OneSource’s Deployment section.
Tips for little ones dealing with deployment [PDF]
Preschoolers who are coping with a loved one’s deployment can enjoy this activity booklet from Operation R.E.A.D.Y.
Coping: I Can Do That! [PDF]
In this booklet from Operation R.E.A.D.Y., kids ages 9–12 can learn coping skills, identify their feelings about a parent’s deployment, and find ways to manage stress.
Separations happen [PDF]
Teens can learn relaxation exercises, tips for handling emotional expectations during the reunion stage, and ways to communicate better with their families with this activity booklet from Operation R.E.A.D.Y.
→For more resources for parents and kids, visit HPRC’s “Resources for military parents” page.