Sunday, March 9, 2014

Military dads have to re-learn parenting after deployment

Fathers who returned after military service report having difficulty connecting with young children who sometimes don't remember them, according to a study released this week. While the fathers in the study had eagerly anticipated reuniting with their families, they reported significant stress, especially around issues of reconnecting with children, adapting expectations from military to family life, and co-parenting.

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COMMENT: This is an important reminder to everyone who interacts with military families that there are some very unique and challenging factors when it comes to transitioning between military life and family life.