Single Parenting While Your Spouse Is Deployed

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There may be times when you feel like a single parent while your partner is deployed and you are home with the children. It's not easy. Although the situation is temporary, there are emotional, financial and practical day-to-day adjustments you will likely face. You can prepare for what's ahead by having a plan that includes the following:

  • Decide, before your spouse deploys, how you will communicate with one another, how your partner will stay in touch with the kids and how often.
  • Arrange for dependable child care. If you live on or near a military installation, look into enrolling your child in a Department of Defense child development center. If you don't live near an installation, visit Child Care Aware of America for information on programs that can help pay for child care.

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