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Son in Boot Camp. Siblings having a hard time adjusting

My Son left for Boot Camp 10/26 and will graduate right before Christmas.  Any one else have that time schedule?  He has been able to call once.  He is doing good and so far does not regret his choice. My youngest child is 11.  He really misses his big brother.  Has anyone else gone or are going through this?  Right now I just have the kids write him letters and we talk about how great it is going to be to see him next month.

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My daughter missed her brother so much. The house was quiet and she didnt like that. I told her that should paly the only child and get spoiled more. That seemed to make her happy. But just like everyone else. We always miss the people we love. The is no easy fix. Just like you he needs to be kept busy.
Thanks. I started to teach myself needlepoint so I would have something to do in the evenings.
I missed my brothers when they were at ARMY and USMC training. I would write them and tell them funny stories I remember from child hood. OR How I couldn't wait till they came home so we could go (fishing, 4wheeling, shopping, hunting). I would also send a photo or two of what our mutual friend had been up too. They always wrote back about how they missed me too and couldn't wait to see me at graduation.

I think even chilled and played video games in my brothers bedroom a few times when he was gone, strummed his guitar (because he would always get mad at me), or steal their hoodies and take them to college for a week or two. I would eat beef stroganouff like a champ, both of there favorite meals I personally don't care for it. Thats how I strugged through it.
I remember doing the same stuff when my older sister went off to college. I would listen to any of her tapes (yes I'm old) she left behind or wear clothes that she left. My Son left some of his old toys he found in his closet (hot wheels and magnetics) to his little brother. Every time he plays with them he thinks of his brother.
It's hard for everyone but if you make a countdown chart so they can see that the time is getting closer when they'll see him again, that may help. He'll probably get to call a couple more times and the call after Battlestations will be a long one. I think when your youngest sees his big brother in his Navy uniform he may start thinking about joining too when he gets old enough...be prepared!
Thanks I will print out a calendar today so we can start counting down to December's graduation.
What a great idea. I think that I will try that. :)
My husband and I were both first borns and left younger siblings behind when we left home for Navy life. We found it very helpful to maintain connections with our younger siblings, by giving them "jobs". My husband left his car in the care of his younger brother, while I left my dog to the care of my sister.

While in bootcamp, I am assuming your son has limited access to outside information, so make it someone's "job" to bring him back up to speed when he gets out. If your son has a favorite football team, someone could keep track of all the scores and standings for him. If he is into music, movies or video games someone could keep track of all the new songs, movies, or games he should know about. That way he will be up to speed in no time as to what he missed. We know that kids today aren't much about writing snail mail letters, so maybe one of the siblings could contact his friends and find out what's going with them every once in a while.

Of course, you have to let your son know what is going on so that he can "appreciate" the effort. Just a thought.
Thanks for the advice. I will have my youngest start tracking his brothers favorite team.
That is an AWESOME idea Jacob'sGrandma!!!! Great way to get older children involved in the BC journey! : )
Hi my son left on 10/26 also sounds like or son may be there together I also have a daughter 11 very close to her brother and she is missing him daily.... She is very emotional and she does write to hime
Make a paperchain with the number of days until PIR. The kids will have fun removing one a day and have them write some happy memory of their brother on the link they take off and save for his scrapbook. It's a great visual aid for kids and fun to do.

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