The holidays are a wonderful time of the year in which we are surrounded by family, friends and joyous cheer. But, for a military family going through a deployment, the holidays are just another reminder of how that deployed member won’t be home.
I have spent quite a few holiday seasons without my husband, and my children without their father. While I was going through my own range of emotions, I knew that keeping the spirit of the holiday alive meant helping my children cope through their own sadness of missing daddy.
Here are 4 tips to keep in mind this holiday season while combating a holiday separation:
Overall, remember to have realistic expectations and understand that the holidays are not supposed to be perfect. Make the best out of this time and enjoy the time to you have.
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Angela Caban is a military columnist and published author. Her husband, who was deployed in 2008, was one of the many soldiers impacted by the unprecedented activation of the Army National Guard. In 2010 she founded the Homefront United Network to provide assistance and family support through encouragement, educational articles and resources. She is dedicated to assisting National Guard and Reserve families with resources and ensuring no spouse or family member is left behind.
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