1. Calendar to show days until parent should be arriving home.
4. A paper chain that the child and deploying parent make together.
5. Have the deployed parent purchase a large amount of Hershey kisses and store in a large jar. Each night as the child goes to bed they receive a kiss from their parent.
6. Have parent leave cologne or perfume.
7. Leave the child a special shirt or item of clothing specifically for child.
8. Mail letter...yes snail mail. All children love to receive mail.
9. Care packages to parent and also parent sends one to child.
10. Start a game of tic-tac-toe. Child starts the game by placing their X or O in spot and then mail it to parent. The parent then takes their turn and mails it back and so on. Or instead of tic-tac-toe, make up a story. The child does three to five lines and then mails it to the parent and then the parent adds to it and mails it back.(My friend "S" told me about these ideas).
11. Take pictures together prior to leaving and decorate a frame together or find a special picture frame.
12. Video diaries~ have child make a video diary to share with parent.
13. Find books to read to child about deploying. Some books that I love are "The Kissing Hand" and "We Server To! A Child's Deployment Book"
14. Have parent record them reading a story to the child.
15. My hubby and children made a mailbox together that sits in our living room. Each time my children receive mail from daddy I am to put it in their own little mail slot. (Picture is posted at bottom post).
16. Have the child talk with a professional if need be. The military offers a service called Military Life Consultants and I spoke with one in regards to my son. The consultants are here to help deal with many issues and one of those issues is children and deployments. They offer advice or ideas that can help a child cope.
17. Be supportive of the child when the child is crying or really miss their parent.
18. "Hug a Daddy Doll". We will be purchasing one for each of our children. Voice recorders can be added to these dolls also.
19. Have child create a journal or a photo collage of the things they have done while the parent was gone.
These are just a few things that I have come up with from the top of my head. I know there are many more and if you have any ideas that I left out please feel free to leave a comment with your suggestion.
|Here is the "mailbox" that my hubby and children made together.|
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