Tips for Parents of Returning Serving Personnel

Your son or daughter may need time to adjust to their life at home and they may not easily settle.  They may miss their friends and after a few days wish to leave home and join up with them.   Do not take this personally or as rejection.  They have been closely bonded together for many months and may wish to revisit their friends to catch up.

Give the Service Person opportunity to talk about their experiences, let them know that you are willing to listen in a non-judgmental way.  Do not push, let them know that you are willing to listen. If you have had your own combat or non-military intense experiences you may discover that this is a good opportunity to deepen connections with your offspring by discussing the issues with them.

If you are concerned about an aspect of your son or daughters behaviour since their return, they may need additional help.

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