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Why is Dad So Mad? (The Why Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 19, 2015
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About the Author
Seth Kastle is the Author of the children’s book Why is Dad So Mad? and the upcoming Why is Mom So Mad?. Both of these books were written in order to assist military families who are struggling with PTSD. Seth retired after a 16 year military career as a Company First Sergeant. He was deployed in January 2002 to Qatar, and then to Afghanistan for a total of eight months. He was then deployed to Iraq in January 2003 until April 2004. He has been married for nearly ten years now to his wife Julia, and has two daughters; Raegan and Kennedy. He wrote the book Why is Dad So Mad? to try to help his children understand why he is the way he is now. The overriding purpose of these books is to let children of services members know that no matter what, their parents love them more than anything, despite the challenges that are faced. Seth resides in Kansas where he is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University.
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The only time the book mentions PTSD is on the cover; after that it's described as the fire inside him. It talks about how Dad was calm before he went overseas. In the end it reminds kids to think of all the fun things they do with Dad and to know even if he's yelling, he still loves them no matter what, forever.
My only critique would be that it talks about a complete family and Mom and Dad will love each other forever. I know the auther wrote this for his family so it's very minor. It may of struck me so hard because I'm a single Dad with sole custody since he was two.
In the end my final thoughts are if the government wants to spend money to help the troops they should buy 1000's of these and stock VA hospitals, Military Bases, and offer free anonymous downloads for troops. There's a lot of people out there suffering in silence because of the stigmas associated with PTSD.
We both deal with PTSD, stressors of work, home and and I had sustained a TBI (traumatic brain injury) while serving in Iraq in 2004.
Consequently, I suffer from severe headaches and irritability on occasion. I don't like that about myself and have felt guilt as a parent, worried if my son feels if he is the cause of my frustrations when that is certainly not the case. This book was the answer to prayers!
He loves the book. We read it together often at bedtime, so my son and I spend valuable time together and knows that his father and I love him very much, no matter what.
A big thank you to Sgt. Kastle.
Doc Chase FMF Corpsman.
This book choked me up on about page 6. I had to read it alone first. I need to be able to get through the whole book without breaking down in front of my kid, who is my life.
I'm so thankful that this book has come along. I have a pit in my stomach, daily, about how I'll explain the past to my son when he starts to ask. With this book, I think I'll be prepared.
If you are a combat veteran...A legitimate combat veteran (not someone who was on a base one time when a mortar round landed in your FOB) this book is going to get you.
Stick with it and push through. Read it again and again and let those emotions flow out. It's been long enough. Dump that crap and push forward with this book.
However, it was purchased for a child of a mom and dad who are divorced now… So while the book itself is really good, it might be hard to explain (or explain again) why mom and dad did not stick together and did not love each other forever.
The majority of the book does not reference a family unit, in fact only on the final page will you find mention of it. Therefore it could still be super helpful. But be aware of the fact that you might end up having a conversation about love, divorce, and why your family isn't like the one in the book in addition to/instead of why dad is so mad.