Deployment Books for Kids
Browsing through Half Price Books recently, I came across the book Home Again in the children's section. The cover art alone -- an illustration of a daddy in fatigues holding his baby -- made me feel weepy, so I quickly jammed the book back on the shelf. While my husband's safe at home, I don't want to think about him being separated from our son.
However, with the possibility of a deployment looming, perhaps reading books about mommies and daddies in the military is the best way to prepare our almost two year old for when the time comes. Although he's likely too young to fully understand our military life, reading stories about deployments with him now probably wouldn't hurt to start educating him.
My toddler and I recently watched an episode of "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" on PBS during which the characters sang, "When we do something new, let’s talk about what we’ll do." Although the episode was about going to school for the first time, we can apply that message to deployments, too. The best way to ease your child's fears about his mommy or daddy being away from home is to talk about what's happening. Since explaining deployments to toddlers and young children can be hard, I've rounded up some books on the topic that might be helpful, including the title I found at Half Price Books.
Do you have any other children's books about deployment to add?