September 27, 2016, by Henry Kingston – Military life is tough but the notion of serving one’s country makes it a lot easier. People who are professionally engaged in the military are always aware that there will be a time, whether it is just at the start of their service or some time later, that they will be deployed in an area where they will be away from their family for prolonged periods in time. While it is tough for the person to leave his/her family, it is even harder for the family itself to get used to the person being away from home. So preparedness for the things that may come is absolutely necessary to minimize the impact which the absence of an important family member will create. You can prepare yourself well to take the social, emotional and financial issues that will ensure such a scenario by following my lead and taking care of the issues in the manner detailed below:
Well, the first and most important problem that follows a deployment of a family member is emotional anxiety and the following fears that a job in the military validates. Firstly, chart out a method on how you are going to communicate with your family and what the usual intervals might be in between conversations. This gives a sort of easing on part of your family that they are going to be able to talk to you on a daily or weekly basis lessening their anxiety to a certain extent. Secondly, encourage them to partake in social activities and make them have a support group in case an emergency arises. This will work as a marvelous support system for your family and make them feel safer and motivated for the task ahead.
Making them take the lead:
In a lot of cases, the deployed family member might be the one who was taking care of the financial and legal aspects of the family and was the one, who used to tackling emergencies. In such a scenario, you need to chart out a plan to teach your family members on how to do these things successfully while you are away. Make them learn the processes involved in paying off bills related to different things and how to take care of any medical emergency by making them know where they can benefit from urgent care if such a scenario pops up unexpectedly. Show them where the insurance papers are and share your credit card details with to make them more confident of being in charge while you’re away.
Helping your children adjust to your deployment:
While your spouse or parents may be easier to handle, children are a different story altogether. Children often feel the major emotional brunt of one of their parents being away from them so normalizing them towards the situation is highly important. Children often harbor feelings of being abandoned or start believing that they did something wrong, do not let that happen! Children are highly sensitive and if you are honest with them regarding the duty and whereabouts of their parent but making the information more suited to their age then it is highly likely that they will be in better position to handle the time away. Encourage your child to write letters or talk to their father/mother on the phone frequently and also encourage them for personal care and assistance of the elderly, they can be indescribable moments of joy for the child and it makes them grow happier and look forward to the next conversation they’ll have.
The time you serve is as tough for your family members as it is for you, balance your family life in a manner that is suitable and healthy for having the perfect coordination between personal and professional life leading to a better and happier family waiting for you every time you are to return home after a long period away from them.