Service members learn skills to address many of the changes that families experience throughout the deployment cycle:
How to talk with kids about departures and returns
How to stay connected with a spouse and kids and remain part of important family events even when separated by distance
How to re-establish old family routines that worked well and come up with new ones when needed
How to reconnect with a spouse and kids, which can be difficult after long separations
How to manage combat stress and deployment reminders
Spouses learn how to effectively deal with many of the changes that occur throughout the deployment cycle:
How to take care of themselves while their husband or wife is deployed, in order to feel better prepared to support the kids
How to talk to their husband or wife before they deploy about any changes in family routines or responsibilities that might be necessary to keep the family and household on track
How to talk to kids when they are worried about their mom or dad's safety while they are deployed, or about their own safety while they remain at home
How to manage kids' behavior if they are acting out at home or in school
How to help kids stay connected and share important events, such as the first day of school, a birthday, or an important game, with their mom or dad when they are deployed
How to support their husband or wife if they are dealing with combat stress reactions or reminders
How to identify if someone in the family needs more assistance managing distress
For Kids and Teens
When a parent is in the military, there may be times when they have to go away to work. For lots of kids and teens, this can be hard. FOCUS shows kids and teens some things that might make this time a little easier:
How kids and teens can let parents know when they're having a hard time—for example, if they're worried about their mom or dad when they're away, or just missing them a lot
How kids and teens can talk to their parents about the changes in the family before, while, or after their mom or dad went away—for example, they might be mad or sad that they have to miss out on a lot of things that their friends still get to do
How kids and teens can stay connected with their mom or dad and share important events like the first day of school, a birthday, or an important game when they are away
How to get used to having their mom or dad around again when they come back
How kids and teens can talk to friends at school so their friends have a better idea of what they're going through
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