I may be saying, “I miss my deployed parent, and it’s hard dealing with all of these changes.” You can support me by offering clear, simple words for what I may be feeling: “You look sad, are you missing Mommy?” Offer me a hug. Let’s sit together in the rocking chair. Show me something interesting to see or do. I may need your patience and some extra nurturing. Turn off the TV and ask people not to talk about the war or other scary things around me.