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September 2013 Family Connection Newsletter

September 2013 Family Connection Newsletter

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Ombudsman Appreciation – 43 Years o Standing Watch over our Families
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 The Navy Family Ombudsman Program has been in place or 43 years and is a strong componento amily readiness. During the month o September, the Navy community will take time torecognize the contributions o our command ombudsmen.Ombudsmen represent both the command and the amilies; they perorm a service which isoten very challenging. These volunteers help during all phases o deployment, disasters andcrises. They are also there to assist with general questions and challenges acing Navy amilies. They serve because they are passionate and want to make a dierence.In spite o increasing challenges, ombudsmen continue to volunteer their time with a smile anda heartelt interest in command amilies. Their ability to move orward in the ace o adversity isone o the extraordinary characteristics exhibited by ombudsmen. Take comort in the act that your command ombudsmen understand the challenges you aceon a daily basis, because they too, are Navy Family members. Please take this opportunity torecognize and thank your command ombudsmen or all they do or you and your amily.View the 2013Ombudsman Appreciation Eventsin your area.
Impact o Deployment on Young Children
At a time when the U.S. military has the highest number o parents among its active-duty servicemembers and is engaged in the longest sustained military conict in its history in Iraq andAghanistan, new research is showing that the strain on military amilies is being elt acutely byeven its youngest members, children under the age o 6. Young children can exhibit the sameanxiety, depression, stress and aggression that some older children and adults experience aterliving with multiple deployments, long separations and oten tense and awkward reunions with
“Do what you can to show you careabout other people, and you will makeour world a better place. ”  
– Rosalynn Carter 
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Family Connection is a publication o the Fleetand Family Support Program. The Navy's Fleet and Family Support Programpromotes the sel-reliance and resilience o Sailors and their amilies. We provide inormationthat can help you meet the unique challenges o the military liestyle. The appearance o external links in this newsletterdoes not constitute ofcial endorsement on behal o the U.S. Navy or Department o Deense.I you have questions or comments, contact Timothy McGough at
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Your childrenmay still havesome bigadjustmentsahead o them. It isnormal or kidsto take three months or more to adjustto a new home. Spend time listening,explaining and reassuring and theadjustment will go more smoothly oryour entire amily.
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is now availableon-demand.It provides inormation on benets,support services, military culture andresources tohelp new NavySpouses adaptto the militaryliestyle.
parents returning rom war, particularly when the parent has been physically or mentallytraumatized.A new report released by Child Trends, a nonprot research center, ound that whilechildren are resilient, war can take a steep and potentially long-lasting toll during theircritical early years, when the brain is growing rapidly and children are developing asense o trust in the world. The report, “Home Front Alert: The Risks Facing YoungChildren in Military Families,” surveys scientic literature over the past decade andnotes that stress levels or military amilies are unprecedented. Nearly one in ve servicemembers returning rom Iraq or Aghanistan reports acute stress, depression or anxiety,including high numbers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumaticbrain injury.When a parent is depressed or anxious, the researchers say, stress acts like a contagionand spreads throughout the amily. Inants can become listless, cranky, unable to sleepor unwilling to eat. Toddlers can be alternately clingy or withdrawn. They may be sullenor explode with unexpected tantrums. Preschoolers may eel guilty and responsible ora death or or amily discord. They may regress, begin wetting the bed or be unable tosleep alone.Many resources are available to assist amilies. Contact the Clinical Counseling Sta at your localFleet and Family Support Center,Military Treatment FacilityorMilitary OneSourceor assistance.
September is Child Saety Month
Many o us rely on electronic and video gaming or various reasons – to entertain us,to minimize boredom or to relieve stress. Video gaming is a billion-dollar industry thattargets young adults. Consequently, many young parents have made electronic andvideo gaming one o their avorite pastime activities. Researchers who have studied thisphenomenon reported that electronic and video gaming can have both a negativeand positive impact on the gamer and on others. For instance, research conductedby the Ofce o Naval Research suggests that there are “some video games that canhelp adult’s process inormation much aster and improve their undamental abilitiesto reason and solve problems.” However, many young parents and childcare providersare responsible or inants and toddlers but preoccupied with electronic and videogaming; they are putting their children at risk. Child atality studies indicate that manyparents are increasingly being distracted by requent electronic and video gamingactivities. According to Dr. Barbara Craig, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret.), Founder and Directoror the Armed Forces Center or Child Protection and the Department o Deense’sleading orensic pediatrician, “too many parents are compromising their child saety due
Impact o Deployment
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to their electronic and video gamingobsession.” There have been numerouschild deaths reportedly caused by youngparents or other childcare providers whowere ocusing on playing a video gamewhen they should have been tendingto the needs o a child. Autopsy reportsconrmed that these types o incidentsinvolved children who were suocated,beaten or malnourished. As with mostlie activities, we must be take everyprecaution to minimize the risk andsaety hazards.Below are several indicators thatparents and childcare providers shouldbecome amiliar with to determine i they or someone they know is in needo support to help them prevent childabuse and child neglect:
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Cannot stop playing 
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Poor school and work perormance 
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Lying about how much they play 
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Decreased attention to hygiene 
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Decreased attention to amilyand riends 
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Decreased sleep 
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Withdrawal symptoms 
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Irritability i someone preventsthem rom playing 
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Negative outcomes in personalrelationships 
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Intense guilt or intense pleasure ingaming 
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Spending too much money onvideogames To learn more about how you can keepchildren sae contact your local NewParent Support Home Visitation Programgo towww.sp.navy.mil.
Baby-Proofng Your Home
When you have a baby, whether it is your rst or th, nothing is more important thanensuring his or her saety. A home can be lled with many potential baby hazards, butthere are a ew easy saety precautions you can take to baby-proo your home: 
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Lock your window latches or window guards to prevent children rom allingout o upper oor windows. 
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 Ensure window coverings are sae; corded window coverings and blinds can bea strangulation hazard. The Window Covering Saety Counciloers ree repair kits to make corded window coverings saer. 
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Install cabinet and drawer latches to prevent children rom getting intohazardous chemicals. 
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Stay up-to-date onsaety recallsor all home products. 
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Find additional important home saety inormation atwww.cdc.gov/saechild andkidshealth.org/parent/rstaid_sae/ .I your home does not meet your saety needs, contact the Navy Housing ServiceCenter (HSC) or assistance. You can nd Navy HSC contact inormation online atwww.cnic.navy.mil/HousingQuickReerence.
Navy Fleet and Family Readiness hasdeveloped a series o webinarsspecicallydesignedto help Navyamilies adjustto the challengeso deployment. These 60-minute webinars will provideSailors and amily members with theknowledge, resources and tools topromote and enhance amily resilience. The September webinar will take place onSeptember 19 at 1 P.M. Eastern Time andwill ocus on suicide prevention. Empoweryoursel with the knowledge toACT sothat a Sailor, riend or amily member indistress receives the help needed to stayaoat. To enter and attend the webinar, Sailorsand amily members should ollow theinstructions below:1. Open Internet Explorer on yourcomputer. Click on the ollowing link:http://zeiders.adobeconnect.com/ deploymentamilies/ .2. Type your name in the box next to the“Enter as a Guest” label.3. Click the “Enter” button. The classroomwill open in a new screen window. Thisis a pop-up window, so you may haveto disable that security setting or thisinstance.
Ready and Resilient Navy Families Webinar SeriesChild Saety Month
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