After the kids have repeatedly asked me "when is daddy coming home,mommy", and by repeatedly, I mean over and over and over, I decided to go ahead and make them each a countdown chain for their bedrooms. This chain is just counting down till daddy comes home for R&R, but they love waking up each morning and taking a link off their chain. The chain has managed to cut down (somewhat) on the repeated questions.
Madeline standing next to the chain in her room:
Madeline taking a link off her chain:
Jack standing next to his chain:
Jack taking a link off his chain:
So, how do you help your children countdown?