More Tips for Military Families: When They’re Back – Tip #12

While You Were Away Box – Tip #12

For younger children or children that have difficulty writing, it is important for them to document the absence in their own way.  Have them create and decorate a ‘While You Were Away Box’.  It can be any size but remember to think about how long the absence is going to be and have a box that will be able to fit items into it for the entire absence.  This box will be another way of sharing their experiences when your family member returns.  It will be a way of starting conversation and bridging some of the gaps that occured while they were away.

Box Suggestions:

* Pictures

* Awards

* Shoe lace

* Tooth

* Prize won/recieved

* Receipt

* Ticket Stubs

* Ribbons

* Candy

* School newsletter

* Art work

* A test or project from school

* Coin

* Newspaper article or magazine pictures

* Leaf or pressed flower

* Cards

* Wrapping paper

* Invitation

** Nothing with an expiry date!!  🙂

For more information about our blogs, books and resources please go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit your own tip please write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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