blo Teens Read and Write: My Story: Blogs by Four Military Teens

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Story: Blogs by Four Military Teens

Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D and DeAnne M. Sherman
Pub: Sept -09


My Story: Blogs by Four Military Teens is a series of blogs by four military teens that highlights their feelings and experiences before, during, and after parental deployment. It provides support and education for all military teens and pre-teens by honoring their unique joys and sacrifices, addressing their fears and hopes, and exploring how parental deployment affects their lives.

Although the four youth in
My Story are fictional, the stories are real—the blogs are a compilation of real life experiences of military kids we have been honored to meet and learn from. The blogs in My Story address issues such as:
  • Pride in parent’s military service
  • Sadness, anger and confusion regarding deployments
  • The excitement of homecoming
  • Challenges of reconnecting after deployment
  • Finding a "new normal"
  • Teen depression
  • Dealing with parent’s emotional and physical challenges (e.g., PTSD, substance abuse, injury)
  • Divorce
  • Resilience and post traumatic growth
While I don't have a parent or close relative in the military, I found this book very interesting. It highlights each teen giving personal and emotional insights into how having a parent in the military affects not only their lives and the lives of the whole family. Because the writing is based on real teenage experiences, it comes across as very honest and relatable to young adults.

I'm blessed to have both of my parents home for the holidays but I realize many kids don't have that luxury. I appreciate all that our armed forces do for our country, but didn't really think how their children sacrifice as well. Their parents can suddenly be gone for months and even years.

Teens who are going through this experience can use My Story to relate to others and understand that they are not alone. Parents and loved ones of teens who are affected by having a mom or dad in the military can use this book to get a greater insight into what the kids may be going through, but not always expressing.

It's a thought provoking book!


Anonymous said...

Sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing this book with us!

brizmus said...

This sounds intense and interesting - thanks for bringing this book to my attention!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds good. What a great pick.

IceJewel said...

Oh yes.One of my very good friends dad is in the military.And I know, his job requires him to move from one place to another(transfers !).We have many festivals here, but, my friend and her family got to celebrate with him very few times :(
And I say, she missed her daddy a lot when all our daddies were here for the festivals !!

Thats a nice book u have picked..!

Lexie said...

Thank you for bringing this to my attention! My mom is retired (well sort of, she isn't going to be deployed again) from the US Army, but she was in the first Gulf War when I was a young child and I can remember some of what that was like for me.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I have known many who are serving and have served. It is rewarding and terrifying I hear. Thanks for sharing this with everyone. Stories like these need to be heard.

Alyssa Kirk said...

Bookjunkie and Brizmus - You're welcome!

Juju- it worth the read!

Icejewel - that must be really hard. At least she had a friend like you around!

Lexie - that has to be hard. My uncle is a proud veteran but I've never experienced having my parent have to leave. I'm sure you missed her very much. Please tell your mom thanks for her service!

Michelle - I can't imagine what it would be like. Rewarding and terrifying sounds about right. My uncle has some amazing stories. He was only 17 when he joined. So young! I wish a safe return home for all those you know.

Thanks for sharing everyone and a heartfelt Merry Christmas to all!

Cherry said...

Wow! Inspiring!

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

This hits close to home My brother is in the Army.

Alyssa Kirk said...

Cherry - it's easy to forget what others go through. This really made me appreciate the family's sacrifice.

Liz - Like I said, my uncle is a veteran so we are all grateful for your brother's generous service to our country. Please tell him thank you and he has our warmest thoughts for a safe and joyous holiday!

Jessica said...

My husband has had two tours in Iraq. Thanks for reviewing this, Alyssa.

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