In the first month or so after you deploy, your wife and other family members will experience many of the same emotions as you—plus a few more. Some will be continuations of emotions experienced during the pre-deployment phase. Others will be new. They may feel sad, angry, relieved, afraid, lonely, and overwhelmed—sometimes all at the same time. Staying involved through regular and clear communications will help everyone deal with these often conflicting emotions.
In this Spotlight, we offer tips to help you stay involved with your wife/coparent and your children’s other caregivers. Some of these tips also apply to communicating with your kids. We will explore additional tips for staying involved with your kids in Part Five.
This is the fourth 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. The series was developed with assistance from Nigel Vann (Fathers Incorporated).
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