How kids with deployed parents can embrace holiday
by MSTC
Miltary Student Transition Consultant

Take Me To Post Comment Form


Not spending Christmas together as a family is tough, but keeping kids busy doing holiday activities (especially those that involve the military) can make the season a little brighter.

Here are five ways a child with a deployed parent can embrace the holidays.

On-base activities

The great thing about living on a military base is that most of the time everything is right at your fingertips. During the month of December, most military bases offer special holiday programs, Christmas movies at the theaters, holiday kids' parties and — best of all — Santa. Let your children interact with other military kids whose parents are also deployed.

Interior designer in the making

Arts and crafts are great, but craft projects that can hang in a deployed parent’s room overseas are even better. Tell your little one(s) that you are all going to decorate Mom or Dad’s room for Christmas and that they are responsible for making sure that their parent’s room looks festive.
I'll be home for Christmas... if only through webcam

Although there is no guarantee that your spouse will be able to log online on Christmas morning, set a time to meet up that day. Save a present or two for you and the kids to open so your loved one can join in and watch. Additionally, send a special present that your service member cannot open until you get to see each other on webcam. The kids will love still being able to share time opening Christmas presents all together.

Special military-themed decorations

One of our yearly traditions (whether Daddy is home or not) is a military-themed Christmas decoration. Let your kids choose and hang a special ornament on the tree in honor of their parent. There are so many great military-themed decorations out these days that selecting one will be fun.

Mini holiday photographer

My son loves my camera and is always taking pictures of random things. Consider giving your child a disposable camera that they can use to document all the holiday activities they attend with you. Encourage them to take pictures of the family decorating, baking, building a gingerbread house, etc., and let them know you will mail the pictures overseas to their parent. This not only encourages creativity but also makes them feel as if their loved one is still part of your family’s yearly holiday traditions.

sheknows.com


Latest Activity: Dec 17, 2013 at 8:39 AM


Bookmark and Share
Forward This Blog
Print Blog
More Blogs by MSTC
Send MSTC a Message
Report Abuse


Blog has been viewed (221) times.


Log In to post comments.

Previous blog entries by MSTC
 
Free Poster/Certificate - Month of Military Child
April 08, 2014
April is Month of the Military Child! Show your support for military-connected children by hanging the poster in your school or office! Free Poster to hang in your organization for the month of the military child. Click here to download an 11" x 17" printable PDF of the poster. http://www.militarychild.org/public/upload/images/MMC_Poster_2014_Verticle.pdf ...
Read More »
 
Military Youth Advisory Council
April 07, 2014
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014-15 Georgia Military Youth Advisory Council Georgia Operation: Military Kids is now accepting nominations for the 2014-15 Georgia Military Youth Advisory Council (MYAC). MYAC is open to Georgia military dependent youth from all services and components who will be high school students (freshman-senior) ...
Read More »
 
Free Membership-Military Youth (boys & girls club)
March 25, 2014
Boys & Girls Club of America Offers No-Cost Membership to Military Youth Here is a wonderful opportunity for military children! The MISSION: Youth Outreach partnership supports military youth ages 6 to 18. Through this partnership, children of National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty families, who do not live or have ...
Read More »
 
Free Prom attire for Military Students!
March 13, 2014
Free Gowns and Tuxes for Military Students! United Military Care, Inc. has a wonderful selection of new gowns and tuxedos to donate to children of military families for prom. Limited number of sizes are available, therefore, schedule your fitting today. Must present a valid military I.D. upon scheduling your fitting ...
Read More »
 
"Purple UP" for the Month of the Military Child!
March 10, 2014
April is the month of the military Child. In honor of the military child the Liberty County School District-Military Student Transition Consultant-4H of Liberty County -United Military Care INC-and others will celebrate the military child and bring awareness to the community on this special day. PURPLE UP DAY-is a day ...
Read More »
 
[View More Blogs...]





 
Powered by
Morris Technology