Did you know that April is the month of the military child? This is a special designation that recognizes the sacrifices military children face for the freedom of all Americans. According to the Department of Defense, 1.7 million American children have a parent in the military. Over half of those children have had a parent deployed more than once.
Little Man is currently dealing with his Dad’s second deployment since he’s been born. Deployment is hard for a 4 year old to process, especially for one that has speech and language delays. All Little Man knows is that his Dad got on a plane and hasn’t been home in a long time. Of course, he gets to see him on Skype every once in a while, but it’s not the same.
Since his dad has been gone, Little Man has regressed in potty training and has gone through a season of major meltdowns. It took me a while to figure it out, but I finally realized that there was a correlation between Little Man’s meltdowns and the amount of time passed since he saw his dad on Skype. Once I made that discovery, I made more of an effort to Skype with Dear Hubby whenever Little Man was up and about. That made a difference!
On Monday night, I was in bed watching the OKC Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets game. It was pretty late…about 12:00AM. Little Man had been in bed for a few hours. The phone rang and I answered it on the first ring. It was Dear Hubby. A few minutes later, Little Man comes in the bedroom saying, “Dada?” Apparently, he heard the phone ring and was hoping it was his dad. I pulled him up on the bed and put Dear Hubby on speakerphone for the duration of the phone call. Little Man just smiled when he heard his Dad’s voice.
I’m sure that Little Man’s story is similar to other military children around the world. Please keep military children in your prayers!