Starting the "deployment" conversation can be like talking about the elephant in the room for us parents. We know its there, we can see it staring at us, except we are fighting that first stage of deployment ourselves, denial! Therefore, it is easy to put off the conversation.
Here's why you should start talking to your kids early about an upcoming deployment. There are actual stages to deployment! They are normal and by knowing each of them, you can actually explain them to your (school aged) kids.
Here are some ways to explain deployment to your kids and some ways to cope with predeployment stress from MilitaryOneSource.com:
Talking about deployment is never easy. But by learning the stages, and starting early, it can make a difference in having a more positive deployment experience.
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