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Talk, Listen, Connect

Talk, Listen, Connect is a multimedia, bi-lingual educational outreach initiative designed to help families who are coping with the various stages of deployment that include pre-deployment, deployment and homecoming. Goals of TLC include:

  • Help children develop resilience and coping skills
  • Provide models and practical strategies for parents to help them assist the children in their lives
  • Empower military parents and caregivers with knowledge to help their children cope with the stress, anxiety, and the sense of disruption as a result of deployment
  • Encourage children to ask questions and talk about concerns
  • Raise awareness of parents own feelings when dealing with unsettling situations as children respond to and learn from these reactions

Each TLC kit contains a video for parents and children, a companion guide, a child's activity poster, and resources for adults and children. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org/tlc

Military One Source

If you're part of a military family, watching this program may have rekindled some of the stress that you feel about a loved one's deployment.

Military OneSource, a free program from the Department of Defense, can give you expert, personal support around deployment issues, including referral to installation and community resources.

Call 1-800-342-9647 or access www.militaryonesource.com for confidential, compassionate support by telephone or the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Military Child Coalition

The Military Child Education Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization that identifies the challenges that face the highly mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities and initiates and implements programs to meet the challenges. MCEC's goal is to level the educational playing field for military children wherever they are located around the world and to serve as a model for all highly mobile children.

For more information please visit www.militarychild.org

E-cards for Kids

Help kids stay in touch with their deployed parents with these e-cards from PBS KIDS.
http://pbskids.org/jakers/ecards/draw-back/ http://pbskids.org/clifford/postcards/pup_postcards.html http://pbskids.org/clifford/postcards/postcards.html http://pbskids.org/sagwa/games/ecards/ http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/ecards/ecards.html http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/ecards/ http://pbskids.org/jayjay/fun.ecards.html http://pbskids.org/shareastory/postcards/

PBS Parents Talking with Kids

This expert-driven resource provides parents with strategies for communicating effectively with children from infancy through grade school. Get tips for positive ways to talk and listen, talking with kids about tough topics, and soothing their fears. Special sections focus on strategies for communicating with children who are sick or who have been affected by war or violence, via the media or in their communities.
http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/