Surprise Homecoming Ideas for Kids
Homecoming. The greatest word a military spouse will hear, as it means life will soon slowly transition back to normal for the family.
You hear plenty of opinions and feedback online about whether or not to throw a homecoming, or whether you should surprise the family. Each family is unique in the sense that we know what we can handle and how to prepare for such a big day. If you feel like throwing a homecoming or surprise is the right thing to do, go for it!
For military kids, homecoming means not sharing their parent with the military. Kids are able to enjoy having their parent back home, sharing all those special moments they missed for months on end. Homecoming is a perfect way to share in their joys, as well as have them participate in a moment of their lives they will remember forever.
Homecoming surprises also mean that, if any times get changed, and daddy or mommy is delayed getting home, you don’t have to let them down and tell them today is not the day. If you’re thinking about surprising your kids, here are some fun ideas to try.
Just Another Day. Simple, yet hits the heart. Treat the day as if nothing is different and continue going on with your daily to-dos. Have your spouse walk right in while the kids are home, or surprise the kids as they walk in from school with your spouse sitting in their favorite spot waiting for them. If you really want to make it special, you can even have your spouse accompany you to pick them up from the bus stop or school.
Road Trip. Pack up the kids in the car and tell them that you have to run a few errands. Tell them you have to pick up a very important package, one that you have been waiting for a long time.
School Surprise. When you think of who is with your kids the most throughout a deployment, it is school friends and teachers. Why not share that joy with them? Have your kid’s teacher help with the surprise, whether it is in the classroom, auditorium or principal’s office.
Family Outing. Just another family outing, minus one family member. Until you surprise the kids, of course. Plan a special outing for you and the kids and incorporate your spouse into the day. The kids will be thrilled that daddy is finally back home, and sharing a special family day together again.
Don’t expect your homecoming to be perfect like on television or in movies. Homecomings should be about reuniting with your loved one, creating memories that you will hold onto and remember for years to come.
Have any surprise homecoming ideas or want to share your story? Tell us in the comments below.
About the blogger:
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, mother of two, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, and she is also co-founder of SpouseTalks. As a branding and digital influencer, she has created content for A&E, Lifetime Network and PBS. Currently, Angela serves as a Community Manager for USAA, writing about her experiences in deployment and military life.