I'm so excited to share with you all about an amazing military friendly book for kids. My daughter Jaiden and I had the pleasure of receiving a free online copy from the author, and we would like to share our thoughts with you. "My dad got hurt. What can I do? By: Brunella Costagliola is a children's book to help military kids cope with a parent suffering from a brain injury.
The characters, Jackson and Isabella, are school age military children whose father was a service member, and he left for a deployment. During the deployment their father was injured. When he came back home, the kids couldn't understand his behavior change. Throughout the book, the author managed to educate us on how the brain works by explaining the different lobes. She explained that when someone damages their brain, it may appear normal, but sometimes the doctors can't see the scars on the inside. She also reiterated how important it is for the service member to feel loved and understood. The author pointed out how children, whose parent's suffer from a brain injury, may blame themselves for their parent's outburst or anger. In this case, proper education is needed for the service member as well as the family. This ensures that everyone is prepared and able to adjust with a different lifestyle. My daughter Jaiden is 8 years old, and she was able to fully comprehend the authors message in the book. After reading the book my daughter expressed how much she could related to Jackson and Isabella. She felt as if the characters were her friends and she was more interested to learn about the content because she is a military child. In addition, we researched more about brain injuries and the effects it has on military families. As a military spouse, I could relate to the stress it caused the wife and how she felt when her husband yelled at her. It's important to seek help immediately for the service member and the family. The author left me thinking about how I would react if my husband had a brain injury on deployment. Although this is a children's book, it helped me a lot because I was able to have a conversation with my husband about the possibilities of him getting hurt and make a family plan.
What I most like about the book is that it's free to all Wounded Warrior families. As a military spouse, I appreciate the author's willingness to give back to the Wounded Warriors who fought and served in the United States Armed Forces. In addition, the book is affiliated with The National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes and educates neurowellness. It's very important for families, especially military families, to educate themselves on brain injuries. Many service members need support from their family members, and it's a tough transition to go through without help from outside sources. I would suggest getting this book. It's a great educational book for children and families.
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