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Military Kids Speak: Celebrating the Way you Think about Being a Military Kid Paperback – February 4, 2011
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For being so young, they have often figured out what is really important. As Mairin H. writes in the first chapter, ... "above all else, the Army has taught me how to prioritize. Stuff, I have realized, does not matter... People matter." A lot of us go through many years before we figure this out.
One of the greatest benefits of ths book is that it is a super way for kids to help other kids. Because it is written so simply and directly, from heart-to-heart, and because it talks about the practical things - and the hard things - such as having dad deploy for months at a time - it deals directly with the tough realities of life. The kids develop tremendous appreciation for what is important; for their parents, for their family life, and for new experiences. They realize that these experiences help give them a much bigger and broader perspective than what many other kids have. Still, their lives can be hard - and this is a good way that kids can help other kids deal with the tough parts.
Contributions from celebrities give this book a special richness and depth. When we see people who've been successful, in many walks of life, credit their background as a "military kid," we get an extra appreciation of the sacrifices - and the values - of our military personnel and their families. Celebrities range from sports figures (Shaq O'Neal, Ronnie Lott, and Dan Wuerffel) to political leaders (Newt Gingrich, Senator Ronda Storms) to public figures who've made notable contributions (Justice Leah Ward Spears), as well as entertainers, artists, and writers. As Shaq says, "I owe everything to my military upbringing. It made me the man and the athlete that I am today." Words like this can be very inspiring to a young person whose mom or dad is deployed, or who is packing up and leaving friends yet one more time.
This is a book that I'll give to friends who've been military moms or dads, and to friends who've grown up in military families. I think it would be a great birthday present or Christmas present, or a "just because I love you" gift - especially when a military kid is facing a special challenge!
I'm thrilled that Julie Rahm had the insight and tenacity to put together this book; it will touch the hearts and lives of many military families; both current and formerly serving, and both at home and abroad. What a wonderful blessing!
What a gift to her readers! Julie Rahm has written a helpful, non-fiction but fun book about living your growing up years in multiple places. Reading the book, you start with the real-life accounts of several delightful young people who have moved from base to base, starting news schools, making new friends, developing all kinds of strategies for handling whatever hand they're dealt, wherever they are, wherever they go. The second part of the book gives you a look into the lives of famous people who grew up as military kids. Julie gets at the heart of how growing up as part of Team USA makes for good character, good life skills, good fun, and a whole lot more. She doesn't let the down-side slide, but absolutely gives the glory to the good. If you know someone who is about to move with their family to a new place, or just did, this would make a great gift, maybe to yourself.