This is the second in a series of six National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse spotlights on tips for dads on deployment. The series is authored by Armin Brott, a former Marine, fatherhood author (Ask Mr. Dad), and host of the radio show Positive Parenting for Military Families. The series was developed with assistance from Nigel Vann (Fathers Incorporated).
Helping your kids cope with your upcoming deployment is one of the biggest—and most important—challenges you and your coparent will face. One way to take your mind off the more challenging and depressing aspects of…
This is the first in a series of six National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Spotlights, which provide tips for dads on deployment. The series is authored by Armin Brott, a former Marine, fatherhood author (Ask Mr. Dad), and host of the radio show Positive Parenting for Military Families. Part One of the series draws on material presented by Karen Pavlicin in Surviving deployment: A guide for military families and on information from interviews with service members and their families. The series was developed with assistance from Nigel Vann (Fathers Incorporated).
Between the avalanche of emotions and behaviors experienced by every family member and the stress of preparing for deployment, don’t be surprised if you feel completely overwhelmed. Planning proactively and putting the right systems in place before you leave will have a positive impact on how you and your family manage the long weeks and months while you are deployed.
Our nation’s military fathers and their families face an unprecedented context. Between 2001 and 2008, there was a ten-fold increase in the number of Department of Defense troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan (Belasco, 2009). In 2008 the Parents as Teachers National Center chose SAY--San Diego’s Healthy Start Military Family Resource Center--for its innovation in collaborating with the military to form Dads On Duty, a program uniquely tailored to young military dads with kids ages birth to 5. To date more than 150 fathers have completed Dads on Duty, which uses evidence-based practices…
Fact Sheet, Brief
Reports the results of a longitudinal study of youth from military families and their caregivers concerning their emotional well-being and how well they are coping with servicemembers' extended deployments. (Author abstract)
This guide was created for parents, relatives, teachers, service members, and community members to help children and youth cope with separation from a parent due to military deployment. Because children can be seriously affected by the absence of a parent orboth parents, it is important for those adults closest to the child to be educated and informed about separations and deployment and how to help childrenadapt to these changes. This guide was written with children ages 7-18 in mind. (Author abstract modified)
Fact Sheet, Brief
This fact sheet summarizes research showing that children from military families experience above-average levels of emotional and behavioral difficulties and that longer parental deployments are associated with greater difficulties. (Author abstract) Superceded: See http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9568.html
The first three years of life are critical in a child's physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Military life presents some unique parenting challenges that civilian families may not face, such as frequent deployments, long duty hours, moves to unfamiliar locations, and separation from extended families and friends. The New Parent Support Program was developed to help military families with young children to adapt to parenthood and to thrive as healthy families no matter where their service may take them. (Author abstract)
Training Materials, Other
This CD-ROM set contains 23 presentations from the Department of Defense New Parent Support Program (NPSP) training conference. The NPSP uses an intensive, voluntary, home visitation model developed specifically for expectant parents and parents of children from birth to 3 years of age, to reduce the risk of child abuse. Presentations address: home visitation strategies to prevent physical child abuse and neglect before abuse occurs; interventions to stop family violence and protect the health and safety of women and children; shaken baby syndrome prevention; child abuse prevention in primary…
This fact sheet contains useful informationfor parents and family caregivers to help children cope during a parents' deployment. Experts in military medicine and family trauma who understand the impact of deployment on families have written this fact sheet. It is in the form of commonly asked questions followed by their responses. It is important to remember that while deployments are stressful, they also provide opportunities for families to grow closer and stronger. The best way to help children cope is to 1) reassure them that the deployed parent is trained to do his/her job; 2) explain…