Greetings! Thanks for tuning in today. One of the hardest things for military families to endure is long-distance parenting. Mothers and fathers who are serving in the military still want to be there for their children, and companies like Skype have made this possible. We’ve outlined a few suggestions for military members who are parenting across video chat services.

To help your children adjust to your deployment, try to maintain a regular Skype schedule. This gives you and your kids something to look forward to, and it incorporates some normality to your unique situation.

It’s also a good idea to have activities planned for your Skype calls. Consider reading a book together or drawing pictures. This will keep younger kids engaged in the conversation and make for a more memorable chat experience.

Thank you for joining us, and look out for Part 2.