10 Ways for Military Kids to Connect with Deployed Parents

The Feel Electric activities from the Sesame Workshop. © 2011 Sesame Workshop

Finding creative ways to stay connected as a military family when a parent deploys is behind the new, “Let It Out” campaign created by Sesame Workshop in collaboration with Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The first seven tips come from the new bilingual website for military families, Military Families Near and Far:

  1. Compose a letter, make a notebook entry, write a story or create a greeting card message.
  2. If you don’t know the words, choose emoticons to help express how you’re feeling that day and make notes to keep track of them in your notebook.
  3. Create a personal profile page so you have a home on the  site.
  4. Make art and combine it with stickers, family photos, art you’ve created.
  5. Record your own music using beats, vocals and your own recordings.
  6. Add your art, music and messages to your family scrapbook page to share with family and friends.
  7. Check out resources addressing deployments, homecomings and more.
  8. Feel Electric! – a free mobile application that encourages kids to explore and express their emotions; available for iPad, iPhone and Android users.
  9. The Electric Company magazine for kids is an online tool to help kids cope with challenging situations.
  10. The Electric Company Extended Learning Program offers after school learning resources to educators; for more information about the extended learning curriculum, email militaryfamilies@sesame.org.

You can read the full article by the Defense Centers for Excellence about the new “Let It Out” campaign HERE.


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