Healthy Parenting Toolkit

ParentLink military familiesAt ParentLink, we’ve created a healthy parenting toolkit to help you talk about deployment, relocation, dangerous work, times of crisis, and other general parenting topics.

Below are the materials created for this toolkit. These are provided free of charge and are available on our website for download or you can contact the WarmLine for copies or submit an online request.

What is “Step Into Your Child’s World”?

Step Into Your Child’s World is a user-friendly tool kit, full of healthy parenting information for military families with children, ages 0-10. The materials have been written to inform parents about topics related to parenting in the context of deployment, relocation, and dangerous work. The kit also provides general parenting information. Available materials range from pass-along cards, bookmarks, and postcards to checklists, fact sheets, and Q&A informational sheets to children’s books.

What is the goal of this project?


The goal of this project is to help parents in military families to increase their parenting effectiveness by applying strategies as a result of “stepping into their child’s world and seeing things from their children’s point of view.”

This project was developed in 2002 by University of Missouri and Lincoln University, in collaboration with USDA, DoD and Virginia Tech, under USDA Agreement No. 99-EXCA-3-0823.

Healthy Parenting Toolkit Downloadable Materials (by topic):

(Coming Soon!)

Deployment Factsheets

  • Maintaining relationships with children when leaving
  • Keeping routines while preparing to leave
  • Saying goodbye to children
  • When single parents or both parents are deploying
  • Preparing yourself to return
  • Expect changes when you return
  • Getting to know your children again

Relocation Factsheets

  • Talking while preparing to move
  • Easing the stress of moving
  • Preparing to move
  • Talking during the move
  • Keeping routines during the move
  • Talking after the move
  • Keeping routines after the move
  • Building connections after the move
  • Adjusting to school after the move
  • Moving to a new country

Homefront Parent Factsheets

  • Discussing danger while a parent is away
  • Talking about dangerous work
  • Handling children’s reactions to war
  • Talking while a parent is away
  • Media exposure while a parent is away
  • Taking care of yourself while a parent is away
  • Talking about preparing to leave
  • Talking about your thoughts on deployment
  • Keeping routines while preparing to leave
  • Talking about the return of a parent
  • Keeping routines during the return of a parent
  • Preparing yourself for the deployed parent’s return

Checklists

Home front Parent Series-Pre-Deployment

  • Preparing for the deployment of a parent: Communicating with Children
  • Preparing for the deployment of a parent: Reassuring Children
  • Preparing for the deployment of a parent: Maintaining routines
  • Preparing for the deployment of a parent: Doing special things together

Home front Parent Series-Deployment

  • Caring for children while a parent is deployed: Communicating with children
  • Caring for children while a parent is deployed: Reassuring children
  • Caring for children while a parent is deployed: Maintaining routines
  • Caring for yourself while a parent is deployed

Home front Parent Series-Reunion

  • Preparing children for parent’s return
  • Preparing yourself for the deployed parent’s return

Deployed Parent Series-Pre-Deployment

  • Preparing to leave: Communicating with children
  • Preparing to leave: Reassuring children
  • Preparing to leave: Maintaining routines
  • Preparing to leave: Involving children
  • Single parents or both parents deploying: Planning for care
  • Single parents or both parents deploying: Reassuring children

Deployed Parent Series-Deployment

  • Parenting while you are away

Deployed Parent Series-Reunion

  • Preparing to return
  • Getting to know children again

Postcards

  • Hero Series 1
  • Hero Series 2
  • Hero Series 3
  • Hero Series 4
  • Hero Series 5
  • Step Into Series 1
  • Step Into Series 2
  • Moving Party
  • New Home

Pass-Along Cards

  • Military parents can still be close. . .when they’re far away.
  • Sign up for home duty.  Be a relief babysitter for a military spouse.
  • Well-deserved R&R can recharge your patience.
  • Stay in the front lines on the home front.  Be there for your kids.
  • Stay in the front lines on the home front.
  • Day to day stuff helps kids get through the rough stuff.
  • Bravery begins at home.
  • Heros come in all sizes because being left behind takes bravery, too.
  • The power of positive thinking produces heros in all shapes and sizes.
  • Help a deployed parent.  Friends and family fill in on the home front.
  • Good Communication.  The key to a successful move.
  • Relocation.  A successful move takes teamwork.

Q&As:

  • Information for reproducing materials
  • Deployment (pdf)
  • Relocation (pdf)
  • Dangerous Work (pdf)
  • Children’s Reaction to War (pdf)
  • Reunion (pdf)