My Daddy Is A Soldier is an award-winning children's book, which gives parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and loved ones of military children, a great way to let their young warriors know how proud they are of them, and to let them know how much they honor and respect the "can do it" spirit with which they face the challenges of physical separation and deployment. The book is also useful for teachers and parents who are interested in bringing awareness of the issues military children face, and the spirit and courage with which they face them, to civilian students and children.
My Daddy Is A Soldier was written by author, Anne M. Stratford, after she was inspired by the enthusiasm and courage of her young nephew and nieces as they struggled with the deployment of their dad during Operation Enduring Freedom.
"Most people understand the fear and separation military children deal with every day, but what often gets overlooked is the "can do it" spirit and resiliency of these kids. That's the piece that needed a voice," Stratford said, "Their attitude and enthusiasm are nothing short of miraculous."
My Daddy Is A Solider also serves to let children in military families know they are still connected to their parent even though they are thousands of miles apart, and touches on the pride kids feel about their parent's service.
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Military wife and mother of three, Dee Heinz, who has been through multiple deployments with her husband and children, knows exactly how kids feel when a parent is deployed. "Military children endure experiences that are unique unto themselves. Sometimes they feel isolated, alone, and that no one understands how they feel," said Heinz. "I believe My Daddy Is A Soldier speaks the child's language. After reading it, our daughter said, "Finally, someone understands."
The significance of the book for both military and civilian children resonated with The Armed Forces Foundation President, Patricia Driscoll, who included it in Operation Caring Classroom, a national education initiative spanning all 50 states. "My Daddy Is A Soldier shows military children that others understand and know what they go through," Driscoll said, "and at the same time, gives civilian kids an insider's look at the emotional challenges their military peers face."
Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Stephen Grcevich, MD, mirrors the thoughts of Heinz and Driscoll. "My Daddy Is A Soldier helps children of parents on active military duty experience the encouragement and self-confidence their mom or dad would want to convey if they were physically present at home every night. This book is a heartfelt gift to families who sacrifice greatly to preserve the freedom and security our families enjoy."
Author Anne Stratford talks about
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My Daddy Is A Soldier was featured in United Through Reading's series, The Right Book, where Kara Dallman discusses the book and its message to kids.
"Our first highlight is My Daddy Is A Soldier by Anne Stratford. The story is one of "hope, understanding, and empowerment." As the child thinks about what he misses when his dad is deployed, he has a self-confident mantra that he "can do it!" The positivity associated with this award-winning book helps the child talk through the separation and the little things they miss when the parent is away. It's tough, but he "can do it!"
As parents read this book aloud on DVD through United Through Reading's Military Program, they can affirm that they also miss helping with homework and reading in the "big chair", but most of all, they love and miss the child. By acknowledging the child's fears about separation, the parent can bolster the child by connecting with him in the pages of the book."
United Through Reading's mission of uniting families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together is the reason My Daddy Is A Soldier author, Anne Stratford, got involved with the military children's charity. "I felt compelled to become involved
with United Through Reading because their mission of uniting families facing physical separation so closely mirrored my own mission in writing
My Daddy Is A Soldier for my nephew and nieces, who were struggling to cope with the deployment of their dad," Stratford shared. "When families spend time snuggled up in their favorite spot reading a book together, noticing the tiny details of each page, making up funny voices, giggling and sharing along the way, it bonds them together. The moments are magical, but more importantly, they are irreplaceable.
I love that United Through Reading is creating opportunities for families to
experience the kind of close, intimate moments they would normally share at home, even though they may be thousands of miles apart. It's what makes this program exceptional, and it fills me with pride to be a part of it."
We, at United Through Reading, appreciate Anne's support, as well as, the generous gift of a discount to our readers from the publisher, Diamond Fly Publishing, Inc.
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"Our nation's military endures tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom, but we should also remember that for every soldier serving overseas, a family waits behind. Military children miss their parents as they learn how to ride a bike or win the big game without them around, but also take pride in what their parents do for our country. My Daddy Is A Soldier shows military children that others understand and know what they go through, and at the same time, gives civilian kids an insider's look at the emotional challenges their military peers face."
- Patricia Driscoll, President and Executive Director, The Armed Forces Foundation
"When a child is faced with a parent leaving home and serving his or her country in the Armed Forces, facing the dangers and challenges of war, a child can be devastated and emotionally distraught about the absence. The loss of a daily hug and kiss, the loss of a child's best friend, the fear about the safety of the parent, and the concern for the parent at home, with the extra responsibilities due to the absence of the father or mother, can bring sadness to a child's life.
My Daddy Is A Soldier becomes a friend to a child, which helps fill the void of the absence. With the love and compassion presented through the book, it brings reassurance that the parent is serving the United States with pride and dignity. I have placed My Daddy Is A Soldier in every elementary school library and in the hands of each school counselor to provide this reassurance for our children. It provides one more tool as we work to create an optimum learning environment for our students. Anne Stratford has done a marvelous job in this work of art in capturing the heart and soul of the impact of the Armed Forces experience on our children."
- Donald H. Stinson, Superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township, Indianapolis, Indiana
“Thinking about a way to explain to my children how to persevere during my deployment, I can find no better story than this. It models a “can do” attitude for them and illustrates how much I am still a part of their lives, even though I may not be physically present.”
- SSG Perry M. Cooke, U.S. Army
“Well, my daddy is in the Army and we play around a lot. When he’s not here, I CAN DO IT!”
- Isaac Cooke, son of SSG Perry M. Cooke
“In My Daddy Is A Soldier, Anne Stratford helps children of parents on active military duty to experience the encouragement and self-confidence their mom or dad would want to convey if they were physically present at home every night. The story helps kids experience the good feelings they enjoy with their parent without becoming too sentimental. This book is a heartfelt gift to families who sacrifice greatly to preserve the freedom and security our families enjoy.”
- Stephen Grcevich, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, President, Key Ministry Foundation
“Whether you have a soldier in your family or not, you’ll appreciate the timeless message of this book, appropriate for children of all ages – yes, indeed, YOU CAN DO IT!”
- Chris Toogood, Librarian, All Saints School