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Children Face Tough Adjustments
When a Parent Is Deployed
New Book Helps Military Kids Get Through
a Loved One's Deployment

June 13, 2005 -- Frequent moves. New friends. New schools. Military children already have to make tough adjustments. With long and frequent deployment schedules pervasive in all military branches, you can add living without a parent to the list of emotional challenges that military children face every day.

“Many military children are living with one parent at home, a parent who is also experiencing the stress of sudden separation, constant worry about a loved one, and single parenthood,” said Rachel Robertson, an early childhood educator and military mom who watched her own daughter struggle when her dad deployed to Iraq and Okinawa. “These children are asked to be brave but have many questions; they need a way to process their unique feelings and experiences.”

After seeing the benefits her daughter received from keeping a journal while her dad was gone, Robertson decided to create a journal just for kids with loved ones who are deployed. “My daughter Hanna was comforted by journaling, writing letters to her dad, and excited by keeping memories to later share with him,” Robertson said. “I wanted to make a book for other kids that would do the same for them.”

Deployment Journal for Kids, to be released July 1, gives children a special place to record feelings and events during a loved one’s military deployment. A variety of proven journaling techniques provide a framework so kids can better understand deployments, express and communicate their feelings, and tell their own story. Writing prompts, interesting facts about common deployment locations, definitions of military terms, and a special section to keep mementos encourage kids to return to the journal time after time. A companion web site,, offers time zone and distance calculators, games, and tips on getting through the deployment.

"I wrote this book to respond to the specific needs of military children facing a deployment. As a parent and educator, I wanted to find the most effective methods to support and nurture children through this challenging experience,” Robertson said.

Book information:
Deployment Journal for Kids
by Rachel Robertson
Created for children with a loved one deployed in the military.
Retail $14.95
ISBN 0-9657483-0-8
96 pages. Wire-o.
Available through bookstores or direct from the publisher by phone, 651-357-8770, fax, 501.641.0777, e-mail

Additional resources: – deployment tips for families, additional information about the author, upcoming events, book reviews, and more – journal’s companion site for kids: distance calculator, time zones, games, deployment tips for kids

**Rachel Robertson will be featured at the Military Child Education Coalition conference in Atlanta June 29-July 1, 2005. To schedule an interview, please call Elva Resa PR, 651-357-8770, or e-mail **

ELVA RESA PUBLISHING LLC is an independent publisher based in St Paul, Minnesota, whose mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Other military family titles include Surviving Deployment: A guide for military families by Karen M Pavlicin (April 2003) and the forthcoming A Year of Absence: Six women’s stories of courage, hope and love by Jessica Redmond (Nov 2005). For additional information, visit


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PRAISE for Deployment Journal for Kids:
"When a family member is deployed, children have a wide range of emotional reactions and responses. They need accurate information, honest reassurance, and consistent support. Deployment Journal for Kids is an excellent vehicle to help children express their thoughts and feelings, at their own pace, in a safe and supportive context. I'm sure it will be a valuable tool for parents and other caring adults who work with military families."

David Fassler, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Vermont
College of Medicine
Burlington, Vermont

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