Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D and DeAnne M. Sherman
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)
- Resilience and post traumatic growth
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!