A study published in the Journal of Development & Behavioral Pediatrics found that children of military members are 2.5 times more likely to develop psychological problems than American children in general.
The study also found that 42 percent of parents that remained home were found to be under “high-risk levels of parental stress.”
Click here to see more about the study.
This all comes in the midst of new studies and examination into how long-term deployments affects families.
It is my prayer that I will be able to avoid getting super stressed when my husband deploys. I have other military friends and a church family to help me out.
A support network is so important to preventing burnout and high levels of stress.
I got an idea from an article I read on Wives of Faith about videotaping story time between my husband and son so that when my husband leaves, my son can see him on DVD. I plan to do that, along with videotaping some of their other interactions too.
I want to try and keep things as stress free as possible for my son. For him, that means sticking with schedules. He loves having a routine.
As for me, I have some goals that I would like to achieve while Dear Hubby is defending our freedom.
- I plan to become more disciplined with my writing (finish my book, send out some queries, etc.)
- The Wii Fit and I are going to renew our vows. I would like to get in shape and lose about 15 pounds.
- I would like for my son to be potty trained. I’m getting tired of changing poopy diapers and carrying diaper bags.
- I’m going to spend time with others and visit family to help pass the time away.
I figure that with these goals, I can keep myself busy and the days will go by faster. All of them are attainable with a little bit of discipline.