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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hero Mom is a picture book geared toward the children of enlisted servicewomen who are absent due to deployment. Though it portrays them in a positive light as soldiers who do important, difficult jobs, the subject may be a difficult one for children having trouble adapting to long or frequent separations from mom. There's a companion book, Hero Dad, by the same author and illustrator, Melinda Hardin and Bryan Langdo.
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Hero Mom takes a difficult subject -- family separation during deployment -- and presents it as a point of pride for children. Kids can explain to others that their mothers are gone but are doing something extremely important, whether they're transporting cargo, repairing aircraft, or leading a battalion. The book makes a point of showing the way moms who are deployed show love for their children with letters or by email or video chat. And the soft watercolor illustrations give the book an expressive, sentimental feel.
For kids missing their moms overseas, Hero Mom can help instill a sense of pride in their moms' line of work. For parents, this can be a way to broach a tender subject and open up a dialogue about managing the separation.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about separation. Have you been separated from your mom or dad for a period of time due to their work, travel, or deployment? How did it make you feel?
How do you stay in touch when your mom or dad has to leave for a period of time?
Families can go online to the National Military Family Association website to learn more about talking to kids of all ages about deployment.
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