Preparing for Deployment When You're a Parent

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Your head's wrapped around the whole deployment thing. You know what you need to do, you've planned your deployment, you're ready — or at least you're getting there. But deployment preparation has an extra, important step when you're a parent: preparing your children for each phase of the deployment cycle. There may not be a "right" way to prepare kids for a deployment, but you can find the way that's just right for your kids.

Put your textbooks away. There's really no by-the-book way to prepare your child for the separation that comes with deployment. Preparing your children for a military deployment will take a bit of parental instinct on your end, a lot of communication from both of you and a fair amount of planning.

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