Wherever you go, there are constant reminders of the holiday season. Holiday music plays, decorations are hung, and Santa is everywhere. These reminders often build anticipation and excitement for children, but for kids with a deployed parent, the holiday hustle and bustle can be painful. It can serve as a constant reminder that their loved one is not home.
Five ideas that may help you and your kids find joy in this holiday season.
Services are available if you or your kids are struggling and need support. You can reach out to your local Family Advocacy Program and Community Counseling Program for more information on stress management, parenting, and coping skills. The DSTRESS Line is also available 24/7 at 1-877-476-7734 or dstressline.com if you are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone familiar with Marine Corps culture.
Marine Corps Families are an integral part of our Corps. Our spouses and children play a vital role in mission success by serving alongside their Marine. We salute the resiliency, independence, and support, members of the Marine Corps community provide.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is producing a KSOC TV webisode with DoD's Partnering For Readiness members. The topics are children's mental health and services, EFMP, and support for relocation and parental deployment.
Dealing with a deployment during the holiday season? Here are a few tips to help you and your family keep the holiday spirit alive despite being separated.