Parenting Resource

Transitions: Returning to Civilian Life

Download Files En español Mar 9, 2016

This resource explores how your child may respond to changes as you leave the military and return to your community, providing you with ideas to help make the transition less stressful for your young child.

For your child, the transition to civilian life means big changes. If you were deployed prior to leaving active service, there may be someone “new” at home to get to know. The adult she depended on all these months may be preoccupied with the tasks of transitioning from a military family to a Veteran family. Familiar routines are probably changing. She may need your reassurance at a time when you are feeling in need of a hug yourself.