Im new to the military life style.

Teresa - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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How does someone a mother deal with her husband leaving for so long. I don't know what to expect or how to explain it to our son. any suggestions?

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Heather - posted on 07/06/2010

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There is a Elmo video out there and it actually explains about military and a parent leaving. Go to google and type in elmo and military.

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Susan - posted on 01/29/2013

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How is your son? I'm an Army brat, was active duy and my husband has been active duty for 23 years. We have 3 children who have gone through both Mom and Dad's deployments. The most important thing to try to keep your son's life as normal as possible. Keeping with his usual routine will help him feel secure.

Let us know your son's age, and we'll all chime in with more ideas. :)

Lori - posted on 09/22/2010

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We are on our second deployment together but this is our first with the children. Our kids are 4 and 3 and they know Daddy is gone to the Army for a while. We talk on Skype and the phone as much as we can. The first month is the hardest but after that a new routine sets in and it gets easier to get through...not easier emotionally tho!!! I learned how to change a headlight during the second and how to change my own tire on my first so you'll be amazed. Depending on the age of your son will depend on what to tell him. Best of luck.
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Amber - posted on 09/07/2010

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It's not easy getting ready for deployment or training, but military wives have to be strong. I'm getting ready for deploymeny number 2 with my fiance (we'll be married before he leaves) and the first with a child. All i can say is take advantage of the resources available to you, the FRG is amazing! They will help you as much as you can if needed, I recommend joining if possible. :) I'm not sure how to explain it to your son though, it depends on his age. I am telling mine that Daddy has to go away for Army for a while, but he will be back. Keep a lot of pictures, and if possible, videos of him around for your son, and get him involved in sending letters and care packages. And don't hesitate to hop on here! We need to support each other! :) Best of luck to you!

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