The Paper Chain

A few weeks ago, the boys and I cut strips of paper and put together a paper chain to symbolize the days left until “Daddy” comes home.

We’ve done this for past deployments and really hope this is the last time.

Every night, as we head upstairs to get ready for bed, we tear off the day’s link.  The boys take turns and sometimes call “dibs” on a certain color link that is coming in the next several days.

Little by little, the chain gets smaller.

On our way to bed tonight. 68 more days.

The chain really helps my boys visualize the time passing.  I recommend this activity to any family dealing with deployment.

About Commander in Chief At home

Erin is a military spouse and, sometimes temporarily single mom to 4 boys. She's a parenting coach, writer, teacher, special needs (Autism) mom, and much more.
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2 Responses to The Paper Chain

  1. Lainie says:

    I have to say, this makes my countdown (til summer) as a teacher seem like chump change. Thank you for your blog. Thank you for your honesty and your perspective, thank you for putting yourself out there. And, of course, thank you and your whole family for your service.


  2. Pingback: Accepting the Inevitable: Deployment, Part II | The Shakti Within

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