How To Cheer Up Deployed Soldier
If you are looking for ways to send a slice of home and cheer up your deployed soldier… I am here to share some of my favorite tips and ideas with you that can help lift your service member's spirits. After five deployments away from my GI Joe. I have found a trick or two. I hope these help! 🙂
Send a Piece of Home To Your Deployed Military Member
- Box Pictures: This is a perfect way to cheer up your soldier! Get a free priority box from the post office (you will have to pay to ship at drop off) but the boxes are free. Let your son or daughter draw pictures for Daddy on the box.
- Local Newspapers: A great idea for a soldier that loves to stay up with current local events is to send hometown newspapers.
- Something from home: My son wanted his favorite car sent to Daddy (it was a lightning McQueen) talk about brightening my husband's day! He knew this was our son's favorite toy so my husband and his buddy took a video playing with the car and surprised our son with it. 🙂
- Sign Video: Create a video of family and friends giving support and shout outs. I've done this more than once and my soldier LOVED it! I would reach out to family and friends in different states and they would create signs/videos and text them or send them through email to me and then I would create a birthday or holiday video.
- Kids Videos: I also created videos of our kids doing everyday things, for example, going on walks, playing at the park, at the Dollar Tree, the kid's concerts at school. Just everyday random things that would make him still feel a part of our world.
Staying connected with your deployed soldier
6. Skype: During deployments, one of the hardest things for me (besides of course missing him) was the fact that he missed out on, at times, our children's first step, first words, first moments, those kinds of things. But I didn't want to spin a negative out of it for him or our kids. The picture at the top of this page is my husband celebrating with our daughter (giving her a high-five) through the computer for going pee-pee on the potty for the first time. Giving them the opportunity to talk on Skype is a great way to cheer them up! Set that time aside for the both you and the kids.
7. Letter: If you are looking for a more personal touch why not send your soldier a good old fashion personal letter in the mail. You could always include your favorite photo of the two of you. I bet your deployed soldier would really enjoy it!
8. Creative Picture! A Drawing from your child. A picture is always meaningful and will be something to cheer up your soldier. Oh and if you're looking for something to send to help hold the picture up use this Elmer's Tac ‘N Stik Reusable Adhesive. It works really well for pictures. 😉
9. Bedding: Another really great idea is to send bedding from home like blankets, sheets (twin-size) and pillowcases. This gives them a sense of relaxation and it helps to remind them of home. A pillow with your perfume scent is another great idea.
10. Digital photo frames (battery operated) is another great idea! This particular photo frame here will turn on when you enter the room and turn off when you leave the room. My husband loved getting things like this in his care packages!
Special Holiday Ideas for Deployed Service Member
11. Decorated Gift Wrap: A really great way to surprise and cheer up your deployed soldier is to send gifts with decorated gift wrap from the kids. This will not only be fun for daddy but the kids too!
12. Christmas Tree: Imagine the expression on your soldier's face when he opens a box with this decorated Christmas tree here. To add extra cheer add ornaments of family & friends all over the tree. My mom used to make one of these for my husband each deployment and this really cheered him up. You can even find battery operated lights now at the Dollar Tree.
13. Homemade cookies: My husband LOVES my cookies. 😀 A great way to cheer him up was to make homemade cookies. Of course, I had to make me a batch too. 😉 :0)
14. Ornament: Handmade ornaments from the kids are a great addition to the cheer up box for Christmas.
15. Calendar: A personalized calendar with birthdays and holidays are a great way to give your soldier something to look forward to while deployed.
Added Tip: Prior to my husband leaving on deployment I would make him a calendar. In the calendar, I would add days the children were scheduled off from the school including holidays and other days the school had scheduled off. This was great for my husband because of the different time zones it still allowed him to know when he would get to talk to the kids.
16. Elf on the Shelf: Idea (prior to Christmas) send the Elf on the Shelf to Daddy and have him place the Elf in a few different locations (where he is deployed) snap some pics and then send it back before it becomes time to start the tradition. This will not only make him feel a piece of home when he posts pictures but the kids will love it and wonder where their elf disappeared to that night. Need Elf on the Shelf ideas from two former Military Wives go here!
17. Decorate the Turkey: This tradition started in our family during a deployment when we missed our soldier a lot! We knew he was really missing us on this day and so we thought what better way to crack him up than decorate the turkey. 😀 The tradition has stuck and in the memory of all of our deployed soldiers, we continue to dress our turkey every year.
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