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Marty Sederman came up with the idea of a "magic box" to help her children while their dad was away on frequent business trips-and it worked so well that she decided to write a book about it. A market research consultant, Ms. Sederman holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a master's degree in clinical psychology. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

Why not have Daddy or Mommy help craft a box before a deployment?  The box could contain a photo of the deployed parent and the child on the lid.  On the inside a parent and child could put some mementos.  Movie ticket, sporting event, concert ticket stubs, photographs, jokes, a shell from a beach, a rock from a nature trail, a letter, maybe a poem.  I am sure this box, would not only help ease a child at bed time, it would give a child something to look through, when they are missing a parent. 

Do you have any ideas for a "magic box", for children during a parents absence? 

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