My little man was very careful with his tea cup.There is not a secret to surviving deployment. You have to be able to take the good with the VERY BAD and improvise. I never would have thought to have a picnic in the back of the truck that is parked in the garage. I knew that the kids needed to talk about Daddy, but I did not push. He came up in our conversations and it was good things. If I had started asking them how they were, or if they missed Daddy, then we all would have been in tears. Hopefully we are under 3 months till Daddy is home and then he will laughingly shake his head at us for having a picnic in his truck. He does not always get out goofiness, but he does participate in our antics.
The stress level fell and things are better here in the house.