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Post Deployment with Children

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Esquimalt MFRC

on 13 October 2015

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Transcript of Post Deployment with Children

Renegotiation of Relationship
Feeling like a family again may take time as everyone adjusts to changing roles and responsibilities. Both the CAF member and the loved one have had varied experiences and have grown in different ways. A new way of being together can emerge as they move forward.
Members Assistance Plan (MAP)
If needed a counsellor from the Member
Assistance Program could help you find an appropriate solution for your situation in complete confidentiality.

To learn more about this program visit
www.esquimaltmfrc.com/assets/doc/deployment/MAP-En.pdf
Tips
Now that the excitement of homecoming has passed you may be thinking what's next....
Reintegration and Stabilization
Within a few weeks, feelings of “our” and “we” return. New routines have been established. The CAF member and the loved one feel relaxed and comfortable as they regain a sense of being a family. The experiences during deployment can provide a foundation for developing resilience within the military lifestyle.
Post Deployment with Children...
the Balancing Act

You have entered Phase 3
Renegotiation of Relationships and Reintegration and Stabilization

Re-establishing your relationship
They're Back
If you are having difficult reconnecting there are resources at your MFRC to assist you
Avoid scheduling to many things, talk with your partner about what you are each comfortable with.

Be patient with each other, your lifestyle may have been different during deployment than it will be post deployment.

Don't give up activities or social connections that you enjoy.

It is okay to have conflicting feeling regarding your partner's return.

http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/social-work/index.php

For Children..
Remember that you and your children may have confused feelings regarding your partner’s return.

Discuss potential changes in responsibilities with your family.

Your parenting style may be different during deployment than it will be post-deployment.

Talk to your partner about parenting expectations or responsibilities.

Be sure to maintain your child’s daily routines so that they have a sense of structure.

Expect your children to test the rules now that both parents are home.

Plan some activities between just you and your returning parent.

Share all that has happened and changed during the deployment.
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