DF deploys in far too soon of a time. And it is getting harder and harder for me to stay positive and supportive about it. And we have no idea how to explain it to his daughter (3). How do you prepare a child for this?!
Prepare her for going to live with her grandparents. Prepare her to not physically see her Dad for a year. How do you get her to realize that he HAS to go and that he is not abandoning or leaving her? What if she forgets about him? I just don't know what to do. We have a Family Readiness group that usually have books to help explain it but they are out of stock right now and when we try to talk to her about him leaving she just laughs and says that "we is funny"...I don't want her to not understand/realize that he is leaving until he is gone and she feels abandoned.