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Tips for Helping Military Children Cope Healthily With a Parent's Deployment

Doing what you can to keep the family communicating is vital

Clinical Expert: Jamie Howard, PhD

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Jamie Howard, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute and formerly a clinical research associate with the National Center for PTSD and a clinical fellow with the Center for Returning Veterans, VA Boston Healthcare System. Here she discusses how parents in the armed services and their spouses can help their children thrive even when one parent is away for extended periods, and perhaps in danger. The biggest tip, even if it isn’t always easy: keep the lines of communication open.

This article was last reviewed or updated on August 10, 2021.