Radio Show to Address Children's Deployment Issues
By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2004 Parents of very young children affected by military deployments may find help by listening to a special radio interview Feb. 4.
Host Bobbi Conner of the weekly national radio program "The Parent's Home Journal," is scheduled to interview Lynette Kimes, a mother and military spouse, about coping strategies for children affected by deployment. The program is heard on 165 stations around the United States, and also is carried by the American Forces Radio and Television Service. Air times vary; check local listings.
Kimes is a senior program associate for "Zero to Three," www.zerotothree.org, a national nonprofit organization that promotes healthy development of infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families and communities.
Barbara Thompson, a senior program analyst with the Defense Department's Office of Children and Youth, said deployments are an important issue facing many parents today. She said her office has worked closely with Zero to Three to develop resources to support military families as they cope with "uncertain and difficult times" during deployments.
Thompson said children can be affected emotionally "when they are separated from their parents during their vulnerable stages, when they are developing relationships with their most primary people in their lives, the most important people in their lives."