When Parent Is Deployed, Kids Struggle

The longer the absence, the worse children fare, study finds

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"Kids crave stability and routine," she said. "As soon as that partner is deployed, the routine gets turned upside town. Family responsibilities and roles can change. And kids can really struggle with that."

"While many families do just fine, if you see a parent struggling, chances are the kid is struggling, too," Henderson said. "The real solution is to get the parent on track."

More information

The U.S. Department of Defense has information for military families.

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