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They're Coming Home (Parents of Member)
Transcript of They're Coming Home (Parents of Member)
Cycle of Deployment
Expectations are always high when we think about homecoming. But try to remember
You'll all have mixed feelings
Everyone has changed
Everyone needs reassurance that they are loved, wanted and needed
Your relationship will be strained
You and your child need time to renew your relationship
You'll all be tired
It will take weeks to adjust
Anticipation of Homecoming A Parent's Guide
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Tips for Preparing for Homecoming
what do you do now?
Things to help you Prepare
1. Only Listen to official information regarding your loved one's return (ignore rumours)
2. Participate in reunion activities and workshops that are offered through the MFRC http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/deployment/deployment-workshops.php
3. Share your feelings of apprehension as well as excitement and joy
4.Reassure your member of your love and commitment
5. Communicate yours and your members return and reunion expectations
1. Self care - you've been handling everything on your own for this deployment it's important to remember to take time for yourself as the excitement and anxiety of homecoming takes over.
2. Make sure that your member has added you (and other family or friends) to the access list for homecoming so that you can be down on the "jetty" to welcome them home.
3. No surprises!! Talk openly and honestly about what you expect/hope homecoming to be and listen openly to what your member wants too.
4. Take the time to enjoy, relax, this is what you've been waiting for!
They're Coming Home
What Stage are you in?
"At last you've made it through another deployment and are looking forward to the return of your loved one, with both excitement and sometimes apprehension. You can't wait for things to get back to normal, but many of you know from experience that it takes time to readjust to family life."
taken from Separated by Duty, United in Love (c) 2003
Anticipation of Homecoming
This stage is filled with many mixed emotions all of which are normal.
You may have:
Increase energy and activity
Sleep and appetite disturbances