This Fabulous Army Life

Living the Army life ... one fabulous day at a time! Musings include thoughts on parenting, raising boys, kids' crafts, Army life with its joys and challenges, and other fabulous events in this Army life!

What's a tip for celebrating a holiday or milestone with your kids when your partner isn't able to be there?

What have you learned about parenting from living in different places?

What are your best tips for traveling with kids?

What can you do to comfort a child who is missing a parent who is away?

Traci Cook

Saying goodbye to my husband for months at a time is something that never gets easier for me. For my kids, it is at least equally as difficult. They have a fantastic father who is involved in their lives, loves to spend time with them, and is a true role model for the kind of men I hope they grow up to be. When he is gone, it takes a definite toll on their emotions. One of the ways I like to help them cope with the separation is through children's literature. A former Reading Teacher, I have always enjoyed a good book and have seen the power of books in children's lives. Military kids are no different and we have employed a variety of books to make us laugh, help us cry when we need to, and open discussions about this deployment. With each book, I try to find a tangible reminder of the lesson learned there ... a simple craft, a letter to our Soldier, or a small gift. I have been amazed at how my kids cherish these small tokens and hold on to them as reminders of how much their dad loves them.
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