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By LCDRBrownHercules - / Tuesday 22 September 2015 01:44 / United States - Lake Elsinore
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Your daughter remembers how you looked when you left and she probably wasn't expecting you to come home with a new unfamiliar look. Give her a couple days and she will get used to your new look ;) welcome home !

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Tell her your shaved head made you faster and like superman. Nothing to be scared of because you'll protect her from anything. Thank you for your service OP!

Your daughter remembers how you looked when you left and she probably wasn't expecting you to come home with a new unfamiliar look. Give her a couple days and she will get used to your new look ;) welcome home !

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kids have always reacted to men differently. at a certain age kids just think certain haircuts are scary. this could be a beard on men or no hair at all. this is very normal behavior at this age and happens to the best kids. it's a phase they go through.

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"Back in my day..." You totally just pulled the old dude attitude. Each generation acts like the next one are a bunch of heathens. You were one child, there are billions. The only reason you hear about undesirable behaviors is because you have Internet access. Honestly, when my 5 year old son saw his Dad after 7 months, he hesitated because he didn't recognize him with a shaved head, I had to convince him that was his father. I'm betting your Mom's hair looked exactly the same so it wasn't an issue for you.

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Having a parent come home from a deployment is an overwhelming experience. You can't expect a child (much less a 5 year old) to put someone else's feelings above their own. My husband was deployed twice, for a year each time (before we had children). I worked as a teacher near an army base and about 3/4 of my class had at least one parent deployed for all or part of the year. There are so many complex emotions that families experience in redeployment. It isn't about being polite or well mannered. Having to deal with so many emotions, joy, feeling anxious, worry (will they act or look different?) and relief, can be extremely overwhelming. Honesty, OPs daughter might not even think he looks scary but she was trying to weed through her emotions and the fact that he looked different was the only tangible thing she could explain.

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