After 4 previous deployments, and homecomings, and R&R's, I'd like to say that I am always prepared for reintegration.
Instead, what I know, is that every reintegration is different, and each one comes with its own challenges.
Will he be different? Will we get right back in the swing of things? How will the kids react?
So, I am sure I am not the only one who needs to know or needs a refresher course on reintegration.
I know to take things slow.
We wait about two weeks before he takes on disciplining the kids. He's been gone for a year, he doesn't need to start jumping all over them because they didn't pick up a mess or the dog hasn't been fed.
What else do we need to know? What worked well for you? What was the biggest problem that you faced during the reintegration process? What was the best thing your husband did for you when he came home? (The CSM mentioned giving Gunner "shopping" time before he came home. How could I argue with that and I immediately put money in his account! What's good from Afghanistan?)
How did you help the kids readjust to having their dad home?
Please let me know how reintegration worked or didn't work for you!