The day is almost here. You’ve survived military deployment. You’re counting in days rather than weeks or months. Your love will be walking off that plane, across that gangplank, or using whatever means necessary to be in your arms once again – very soon!
So what do you need to do to get ready? How can you make him/her feel welcome? How can you avoid stress during soldiers coming home? In my Top 10 List, you’ll learn the best ways to get ready for that amazing moment. You’ll learn what to do – and what not to do – to enjoy the day to its full.
- What should you bring with you?
- What can you expect from your sailor in his/her first few days home?
- How can you protect your loved one’s safety?
- How can you help the adjustment back to normal life?
- I’d love to help you with a few tips I’ve learned along the way. Don’t let homecoming stress you out! Don’t get caught up in a roller coaster of emotions caused by not knowing what to do!
- …pay attention to FRG/command info about rules and procedures
- …communicate with extended family. When can they see him, if not attending HC?
- …dress for the weather. It can be cold, windy, wet, hot, sunny, or anything. Be prepared!
- …bring snacks. You may be there a while. Bring some for your kiddos too!
- …arrive early. You never know if they’ll come ahead of schedule. Plus, you’ll get a good parking spot.
- …be flexible. Schedules can change last minute.
- …bring a photographer. Let someone else worry about pics for you while you enjoy the moment.
- …be ready to make “my world” back into “our world.” The house not being the way you’ve had it during deployment just means he’s home where he belongs.
- …stock the fridge. Take the stress and hunger factor out by having food in the house.
- …relax and enjoy one of the most unique, incredibly special events of your life.
- …forget to provide entertainment for your kids. This will make it more enjoyable for all.
- …hog all the space in the bathroom and closet. Make some room for him if you’ve taken over.
- …have too high of expectations upon arrival. Your sailor will need to rest and relax.
- …don’t forget your memory card, batteries, phone, camera, etc.
- …go crazy waiting that few weeks!
- …make him start chores instantly. Let him ease back into the swing of things.
- …forget OPSEC (Operational Security). Decorate outside your house at last minute and don’t post countdowns on social media
- …expect everything to go perfectly. You’ll probably have to go to the bathroom at the worst time!
- …worry if intimacy takes some time. Enjoy getting reacquainted. No need to rush.
- …stress TOO much about the outfit. He’ll think you’re beautiful no matter what!
Congratulations on your upcoming Homecoming! I hope you are able to thoroughly enjoy it.