New Communication Tool for Military Parents

When service members are deployed, or otherwise separated from their families due to their service, connecting and communicating with their children can become a challenge. The Department of Defense has launched Parenting for Service Members and Veterans to provide free computer-based training from a service member’s perspective on parenting and building strong relationships with their children. The interactive site develops and reinforces parenting skills to help families reconnect through an online format that appeals to younger parents, while building resilience and helping service members to be happy with their lives within the military.

The site uses personalized stories in short videos from real service members who talk about their own real-life experiences with parenting, reintegrating and making everyday decisions. The personal feel of the site helps service members make the connection to their own situations and struggles, so that they can better apply the knowledge they gain. 

While many families use applications like Facetime and Skype to communicate with their families during separation, many times children are not comfortable or able to communicate well without their parent being physically present with them. The site helps parents develop activities they can involve their children with while using the technology available to them, helping the children adjust to this new form of communication.


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