When I was growing up my dad was in the Navy. He was deployed for 6-9 months at a time with 2-3 months between deployments. One of the best things my mom did was have Daddy read books onto tapes and then send them to us. She'd send a box with books and tapes and he'd record them while he was on the ship and then send the box back. Nothing beats going to bed at night hearing a loved voice. You don't have to be deployed to do this:
- Record yourself and or your spouse reading some of your child's favorite books and then play them when your children are going to sleep.
- Have grandparents or other relatives who might live far away record some books for your child to listen to.
- Have an older sibling or cousin record books to listen to.