The realities of deployment are hitting many military families hard this week with Father’s Day fast approaching. Although deployment is rough year-round, during certain holidays it can get especially difficult. The best way to ease the extra mental burden around certain holidays is to face them head on with a positive attitude.
Although it is too late to send a care package on time this year, there are a ton of great alternatives for the whole family to celebrate great fathers and great service members. Check out these ideas for a family-friendly Father’s Day during deployment.
Technology has immensely helped military families stay connected during deployment. Be sure to take full advantage of Skype and video chatting to wish your service member a happy Father’s Day.
Sometimes, planning Skype dates can get difficult when there are limits on time and Internet usage. If it seems that the a Skype date isn’t going to pan out, you can always film short videos of your kids wishing him a happy Father’s Day or even film while everyone is working on crafts.
Also, have fun taking some Father’s Day themed family photos so your service member has some recent photos of the family.
Making crafts is a great way to help the family celebrate Father’s Day as well as make something you can send to your service member. A great example of a unique and fun craft is mailing a hug. Outline your child’s outstretched arms on a sheet of butcher’s paper and have them color it in. After you cut it out, you send it in an envelope, sending a hug from miles away.
Don’t let deployment stop your family from celebrating Father’s Day with extended family members. Grandfathers, uncles and even family friends can all join in so no one feels like they’re left out.
Besides these, there are a lot of great ways to celebrate Fathers Day during deployment. No matter what your family dynamic is, you can look for fun activities and ideas on sites like Pinterest and as always, share them on the Military Family Central Facebook and blog pages.