Surviving deployments

Schollin - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My husband goes for trainng in CA on may 31st for a month which is going to be tough in it self on my son. However my main concern is hes currently on green status and is on the volunteer list for who wants to go to afghanistan and take some ones place if some one in his unit(which is currently deployed) needs to come home..Is there any one who knows how to make this easier on a 2 year old daddys boy if he has

to go again???

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Tiffany - posted on 04/15/2009

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Operation Quilt! Go to the ASYMCA homepage, and you'll see a link for this. You send in 10 different pictures of the service member, and they'll put them on a photo quilt and send it to you free of charge. Also, record your hubbster reading his favorite story (or 3 or 4) and when he's gone, sit down in front of the tv with the book and let daddy 'read' him the book.

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Jill - posted on 04/21/2009

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Quoting Deidre:



Quoting Jill:




Hi Ladies! Since all of you that have responded are Military I was wondering if they have a group on here for Military mommies? If not we should start one!









Jill posted about a group for military mommies.  What you can do is go to 'communities' listed under the 'circle of moms' headline at the top of your screen and then click on 'browse all communities' and type in 'military' or something like that in the search box and it will bring up a few :)






Thanks for your help!! :)

Schollin - posted on 04/16/2009

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You all have been soo helpful, we live no where near a base(6 hours away is the nearest that isnt just used for training) actually we live 30 miles away from the nearest McDonalds..So  I've been feeling completely alone and toatally useless.We're going to have to try all of these ideas.thank you again amd if any one else has any more suggestions I'd appreciate it.

Deidre - posted on 04/16/2009

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Quoting Jill:



Hi Ladies! Since all of you that have responded are Military I was wondering if they have a group on here for Military mommies? If not we should start one!





Jill posted about a group for military mommies.  What you can do is go to 'communities' listed under the 'circle of moms' headline at the top of your screen and then click on 'browse all communities' and type in 'military' or something like that in the search box and it will bring up a few :)

Jill - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Ladies! Since all of you that have responded are Military I was wondering if they have a group on here for Military mommies? If not we should start one!

Jill - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Ladies! Since all of you that have responded are Military I was wondering if they have a group on here for Military mommies? If not we should start one!

Jennifer - posted on 04/16/2009

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thanks for posting this. my husband will be gone for a year iraq deployment and we do not live on or near a base. We have an almost 14month old and havent come up with much besides trying to take as many pictures and videos as possible of the 2 of them together while there is still time.

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I'm kind of in the same place you are and understand how being on the volunteer list can be so nerve racking.  My baby girl is 2 months right now and Dad's going to be gone for a few weeks this summer, no big deal.  But he's a reserve greenside corpsman (field medic for the marines) and although I won't let him "volunteer" again, there aren't many that do what he does so deployment could be a very real possibility any day.  Also, there is a Circle of Moms community called Military Spouses with Children.  Sorry I couldn't be more helpful, but I'm sure those parents can!

Rachel - posted on 04/16/2009

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my husband was in the army when my girls were much younger, we missed him talked about him but carried on with our lives too, my dad is still a solider, and was always away, but my mum made sure we had family days where we would have lovely days just us without my dad, we drew him pictures the british army have blueys, do you? we used to send photos on them, via the internet, if he has access to the internet, you could get skype and a web cam, 1 month isn't long, just have things planned and it will fly by.

User - posted on 04/15/2009

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My husband is currently serving a tour in Iraq. I have a 5yr old daughter and 2yr old son. The best advice I have is once he leaves just keep talking to your son about daddy and show him pictures and let him talk to him as much as possible. Hope this helps a little.

Moriah - posted on 04/15/2009

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hi! i've gone through 2 deployment and getting ready for a third and during the first my oldest daughter was 18 months - almost 3 years and what really helped her was us talking about daddy all the time (harder on you than him) we looked at pictures of daddy and just kept him part of everyday convos.... also, have him draw pictures for daddy (daddy will love them) and before daddy left we gave him a good luck care bear which was a favorite toy of hers, daddy took pictures of it and sent them which was fun for her and of course he brought it back with him in his easy to get to bags so she could have it back right away and now she gives it to him for every deployment (our tradition) also, another way this might help is by explaining daddy as a super hero! my daughter just loves knowing her daddy's a super hero, she even made him a cape and sent it to him for fathers day while he was deployed! hope this helps!

Stacy - posted on 04/15/2009

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The base (Airforce) normally has books that explain that daddy has to go on deployment. Or try the Family Readiness Center (I believe that is the name) has support groups, classes, and resources that may help. I have not been in that situation yet but maybe they can help. Sorry I wasn't much of a help :)

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