While a parent is deployed, families and children form new routines. This all changes when a parent returns home from combat. The initial excitement can quickly fade when life becomes more difficult now that Daddy (or Mommy) is home again. A parent may seem more like a stranger now and do and say things that are upsetting and unpredictable. This sensitive colorful story book helps young children understand the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is affecting so many service members and veeterans.
As parents return home and struggle with symptoms of PTSD, many families do not know how to explain changes in a parent's behaviors and emotions. Through this illustrated children's story, the author clearly explains classic PTSD symptoms of avoidance, anger, hypervigilance, sleep disorders and flashbacks. Too often, young children think these behaviors mean a parent is mad at them, does not love them, or it is their fault. This story book is a great tool for parents to read with young children to help them understand what is happening at home when a parent has PTSD and “why daddy acts that way.”