Families with Younger Children

This section contains resources specially suited to pre-schoolers and their families. 

Children and Deployment

Children and DeploymentChildren and Deployment [.pdf 1,736kb]

Having one parent absent for a long period of time, such as that required by a deployment, is a big change for children so it is not surprising if they react in some way. Some children exhibit marked behaviour changes, some display no changes in behaviour or emotional signs and others really flourish over the course of a deployment. Reactions can also vary between age groups, personality and temperament of the child, and stage of the deployment.

This information has been gathered from a number of different sources and is designed to help parents understand the range of reactions that children can have to a deployment and offer some ways of dealing with these.

Goodbyes are Hard

Goodbyes are Hard
[.pdf 1,126kb]

This ideas and activities booklet is written for young people with parents in the Navy, Army and Air Force. Having the military as part of your life can be exciting, but it can also be tough when you have to be separated from your parents because of their military duties.

My Goodbye Book

My Goodbye Book
[.pdf 1,151kb]

This booklet about military separations is a child’s activity book. We hope it will help you to help your children cope with separation. Your children know when a major family event, such as a separation, is happening, even if they don’t have the words to tell you. Children need to be included when you talk about military separations.

This page was last reviewed on 15 July 2016, and is current.