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Monday, February 2, 2015

5 ways to soothe a little soul when Mom or Dad deploys

1. Notes in unexpected places.

Even if your child can't read yet, they will treasure a picture that Mom or Dad drew just for them. Before the deploying parent leaves, have him/her sit down and write some sweet notes or draw pictures for your kids. Try leaving the notes in unexpected places for an added element of fun! Examples: coat pocket, under their pillow, on their bathroom mirror, in their shoes, in their lunch box, on their breakfast plate.

2. A kiss box.

When I saw this idea, I fell in love with it! You can take a simple box and maybe have them help the deploying parent decorate it with stickers or paints. Have the parent put a bunch of "kisses" into the box before they deploy. Tell the child that when they miss you, they can open up the special box and take out a kiss.

3. Special song.

Make up a tune for your special little person and sing it to them when you get to call or Skype. For example: "You are my Avery, my little Avery. When you're not happy, my skies are gray." Simple and sweet.

4. Mail.

If your spouse is in a location where they can send out mail, have them send your little people letters, pictures they draw, or photos they've taken while they were away. Mail can be fun, especially when it comes from someone who is missed.

5. Keep a journal.

This one is for the parent not deploying. Keep a daily journal with your child where you write down things that you want to tell Mom or Dad about when they come home. Writing down your thoughts can really be therapeutic! Have your child write a few sentences or draw a picture if they're old enough. If not, let them tell you what to write. It will be fun to read together later and such a special keepsake!

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