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I Miss You!: A Military Kid's Book About Deployment Paperback – April 3, 2007
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I used to be in the military myself but was never deployed. Having my husband deploy has been difficult on the whole family. I really did not know exactly how to explain things to my very intelligent almost 7 year old child (who is more like 6 going on 26!) This book really opened up the communication with my daughter and her feelings about Daddy's soon-to-be departure. She is a very boisterous girl and has a wonderful outgoing personality, but not when it comes time to discuss serious matters and feelings. The book really brought out a lot of information and opened up a great forum for the three of us to have a discussion.
Great things in the book! For example, it explains that is ok to have so many different emotions - that it is ok to cry and it feels good to cry. It is ok to be angry sometimes and to punch something soft like a pillow or to go outside and kick a ball. It explains that although the child may be worried about her parent who is deployed, her main job is still to go to school, be a kid and have fun. It explains that the parent that is home with the child may be a little more tired than usual because she is doing the her chores as well as Daddy's chores. It explains what a deployment is and other things that come along with deployments. The book explains that the deployed soldier may not know exactly where they are going or they may know but are not allowed to tell anyone. Same thing with dates of return. They may know a time frame that they will be back - but not necessarily the exact date.
Again, as a former soldier, I was able to appreciate that this book uses soldier as either the MOTHER or the FATHER - which is very common nowadays. The author interchanges the sex of the soldier which I think is absolutely wonderful!
There are more great things to this book - I don't want to give it all away. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all parents and children of someone who is deploying/deployed. Age ranges I would suggest are 5 - 8, but it depends on the maturity/comprehesion of the child.