My daughter asks me to sing her Daddy’s song every night as I tuck her into bed. As I sing the John Denver lyrics, it takes strength some nights for my voice not to falter or for me to show any sadness, “I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh, babe I hate to go…”. Despite making me emotional, I am glad she closely associates nuances in her daily life with her father. It helps her cope with his absence and will hopefully make reintegration a smoother process.
My spouse and I tried to plan (as best we could) for him to stay connected with our two young girls (ages three and one). This is our first deployment experience with children, so we leaned heavily on advice from family and friends who had been through it before.
Here are some of my suggestions to keep connected with your children during a deployment:
How do you stay connected with your children while you are deployed?
About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (3 years and 1 year), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.
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