More counseling is suggested for children with deployed parents - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/4/10

More counseling is suggested for children with deployed parents

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Despite how sad it looks, saying goodbye is not always the hardest part. There has been a lot of concern about the stress that soldiers bring home from combat, but a new study points to the stress that deployment brings to the children those soldiers leave behind.

"It's different parenting in a military family, not worse then, just different then, because there's special challenges," said Margie Russell, a parent educator. "The child will say I'm having trouble concentrating or focusing - because I'm thinking about my dad or mom who's away and I'm worried about what they're doing," said Trina Laverty, a counselor.

The study in the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that small children, worried about a deployed parent, may become clingy, and older kids may suffer with lower grades in school.  Although the reason may seem obvious to some, the study suggests more needs to be done to offer counseling or support to the children with a parent who is deployed.

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