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U of M program helps ease Guard members' return to parenting

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For many service members returning from overseas deployments, the day they are reunited with their family is like a fairy tale.

But instead of lasting forever after, the happiness often gives way to the stress of adjusting to shifting family dynamics. Family routines and responsibilities - sometimes even the number of kids in the family - have changed while a parent was deployed. That's where a University of Minnesota course for returning National Guard members comes in.

One Army National Guard Lieutenant tells CNN the ADAPT program led him and his service-member wife to adjust their parenting. Jeremiah Lynch gives the program credit for easing his reintegration to family life.

ADAPT stands for After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools and it's offered by the university's Department of Family Social Science. Some of the families that come to the university are given pamphlets, web links and other materials. Others are enrolled in a 14-week class. The school will compare the results during the two-year experiment.

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