How can I stay connect when I'm deployed?

One of the toughest sacrifices you make as a military member in Michigan is being away from your family when you are deployed. This is especially difficult if you are divorced. When you were married, your spouse may have helped you to stay connected to your kids. That may not happen now. However, there are several things you can do to ensure you can stay in contact with your kids.

According to the Child Mind Institute, long-distance parenting is not easy. Even the best relationships can suffer, but if you make an effort, you can keep communication open and ensure your kids know you are there for them. It starts with making sure they understand what is going on and that you will come back. You should also work with your ex-partner to develop a schedule for calls. You can also set up emails and talk through them.

If you have younger children, you may have to work harder since their communication skills are not that advanced. A nice idea is to record messages for them or to record yourself doing something, like reading a book or singing a song for them. This gives them something they can listen to whenever they start to miss you.

You can even talk to others in your situation to get more ideas of what you can do. They may offer suggestions of things they have done. The key is to make a commitment and do what you can to stay in contact with your kids while you are deployed. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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