It’s no joke: deployments suck. Suddenly a two parent house is a one parent show, the kids miss their deployed mom or dad, and learning can suffer. But you can use a deployment to help your children learn new skills and build global knowledge.
Kids who read, alone or with a parent, from a young age develop into incredibly smart humans. Smart humans are a great thing.
Parties, especially classroom celebrations, seem to have died down in recent years. This might be because we are becoming politically correct about who and what and when to celebrate. Or it might be because of food allergies.