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