Children and Youth


Deployment brings many challenges
to families.
of the biggest is helping children cope when Mom
or Dad isn’t available. The information provided
here may help you make things easier during a deployment.

of Separation

  • Emotions and Behavior: Children
    will go through emotional and behavioral stages
    of separation such as denial, anger, bargaining,
    and depression. These stages may be difficult to
    accept and experience; however, successful adjustment
    and emotional and spiritual health demands that
    we deal with them.
  • Reaction to Change: There will
    be unexpected information flow — both negative
    and positive — that will, in turn, cause
    family members/Guard members to react in various
    ways. Be ready to listen and answer all questions.
  • Roles
    and Responsibilities:
    There will be changes in
    roles of individuals as well as their responsibilities.
    Family members will have to pick up the responsibility
    for the role that the Guard member filled. Don’t
    expect them to fill the role the same way! They aren’t
    the same people.
  • Economics: There may be
    an economic change because one family member
    is now out of the home.

Click on a topic on the right for more detailed information. External links to other useful web sites are also provided.