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Parenting and Caregiver Support

The MFRC has resources to meet the unique demands of raising children in the military lifestyle. It’s about getting quality care, support and resources in an environment that understands the lifestyle.

Tips For Parenting From Afar

  • Before the deployment, spend time with your family and have fun. Doing things you enjoy will lower stress and build happy memories.
  • Take time to talk through your concerns about the deployment with your partner. Use a positive problem-solving approach together as you address each item.
  • Keep journals to share with each other after deployment, or you can each use a small box to gather memories: ticket stubs, coins, short notes, and clippings.
  • Send mail to each other often:  postcards, pictures, email, and small packages. Have cards, paper & tape handy and pick up items when you are shopping.
  • Express appreciation and affection to each other for your extra effort in staying involved: for the parent who is away, the parent/caregiver at home, and the child.

Caring for the Military Child Etool

Is a child in your class struggling at school during deployment?Caring for the Military Child Elearning Tool

Is a child in your group confused about moving?

Is a baby in your care showing signs of stress since the parent deployed?

This comprehensive web-based resource covers many deployment and relocation issues that may exist for a child in your group, with tips for providing support and activities to incorporate into your program.

Online training to help educators and child care providers learn about the unique challenges of the military lifestyle.

This interactive presentation covers many deployment and relocation issues that may exist for your child – no matter what age they are.

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Parenting from Afar Book

Want to learn more about parenting in the military lifestyle?  Give the ParentParenting-covering from Afar resource book a read!

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Podcast: Helping Children with Stress

This episode of The Military Lifestyle podcast looks at how stress can impact anyone, including kids of all ages, but it can be managed and you can help your child through the process. The discussion talks about what stress is for a military-connected child, what it might look like and a few strategies to deal with it. Special guest: Dr. Linda Scott.

Podcast: Parenting from Afar

If you have kids and work takes you away for lengthy periods of time, you are parenting from afar. Let’s explore some things you can do before, during and after the experience to make things better. Special guest: Tracy Beck, MFRC Deployment Workshop Facilitator.

Raising your Military Child Etool

Raising your Military Child e-toolIs your baby showing signs of stress with your move?

Is your child struggling at school during deployment?

Is your teen confused about house rules when a parent is deployed?

This interactive presentation covers many deployment and relocation issues that may exist for your child – no matter what age they are.

Launch English E-tool   Launch French E-tool

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