Daddy’s Home

Daddy’s Home

Carolina Nadel
As service members and veterans return home from combat and have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, their young children are often confused by a parent's actions and behavior. The initial excitement of having Daddy home (or Mommy) can change as children adjust to new routines. A parent's nightmares, short tempers, flashbacks, and avoidance can frighten and confuse children. PTSD can change a parent and this can be scary and upsetting for young children. This picture story book helps small children understand PTSD and gives reassurance of a parent's love. Highly recommended for families with young children whose parent has come home from Iraq or Afghanistan
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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.”

Details
Item Daddy
ISBN# 978-0-9792761-4-9
Pages 31
Year 2011

Authors

Carolina Nadel

As a physician who specialized in pathology and medical informatics, Carolina Nadel understands the complexity of the brain. She uses her medical training now as an author and illustrator to create sensitive and colorful picture story books to help children understand complex medical conditions that may affect a parent. She is a member of the DC Illustrator's Club  and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and (almost) 7 year old son.

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