Book Review: “I Miss Daddy” (deployment book for #military kids)

Author and Army wife Acacia Slaton Beumer sent me her children’s book I Miss Daddy to review. Although I state in the above post title that this book is for military kids, I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Military families may be the main audience, but I think this book could be a great teaching tool for civilian kids, to show them what other boys and girls -perhaps their classmates- are going through.

I Miss Daddy- a deployment book for #military kids. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Beumer’s first book, Launch Out Into the Deep, was published in 2011 and was given a gold seal of approval by Mom’s Choice Awards for children 12 to 18 years of age. Her latest book, I Miss Daddy, focuses on the relationship of a little girl and her parents, while her Soldier father is deployed to Afghanistan.

In the beginning of the book, the main character, Jana, is acting out because she misses her father. It seems as if her mother has to constantly reprimand her. Jana tells the reader what she misses about her dad and shares some happy experiences she’s had with him.

Then one day a letter arrives for Jana. After reading the letter together, Jana and her mother, along with Jana’s little sister, are able to have a discussion about Jana’s daddy. Jana learns that she’s not alone. Her mom misses Jana’s father too, and it hurts both parents when they see Jana hurting. Then Jana, Jaci, and their mother pray that God will grant their daddy peace, love, and safety.

Baby J reading his “I Miss Daddy” book.

I Miss Daddy hits close to home for me right now. My husband isn’t deployed, but he is away from us for several months for training. Baby J is only 20 months old, so he doesn’t really understand yet what’s going on, but I know he misses his daddy. I see it every time he reaches out for a playmate’s father or snuggles against a male nursery worker at church. I call it his “daddy complex” in jest, but it’s really quite heartbreaking. Reading this book makes me realize challenges Baby J and I will most likely face together in the future. What’s important for me to remember is that although my son may lash out or misbehave, there’s an underlying cause. But he can’t express his emotions to me the way an adult can. A book like this is a great starting point to talk through our feelings and get to the root of the problem. He needs to know that he’s not alone.

I think military spouses can be outstanding at keeping a straight face, holding emotions in, and driving on. For the most part, we have to be. At least, I know I do. If I dwell on sadness or loneliness, it will just tear me apart. But maybe our kids need to see through that mask just a little bit. They need to know that like them, we’re not just “okay” with our lives moving on without our spouses. It’s something we just have to weather together as a family. And one day it will be over, and our loved ones will be home.

The print length is 36 pages, but the actual story is 25 pages, including the discussion questions. I think that’s long enough to get the point across but short enough to hold a young child’s attention. The illustrations are bright and realistic. I’m not sure if there’s a term for it, but the illustrations look like photographs that have been turned into drawings.

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You can purchase I Miss Daddy on Amazon. It’s available both as an e-book and paperback. Find out more about the author, on her website

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Sesame Street partners with the USO

Supporting the military and its families is something I’m passionate about as an Army reservist and Navy wife. The United Service Organizations has supported our troops for more than 70 years and holds to the motto “Until Every One Comes Home.” For the last five years, the USO has partnered with Sesame Street to send a free, traveling entertainment tour for kids on U.S. military installations across the globe.

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More than 368,000 troops and military families have experienced the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families since 2008. Sesame Street and the USO introduced a new character in 2011 to connect with military children. Katie, a military kid, transfers with her parents to a new duty station and experiences the stress that accompanies the move.

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This year’s world tour began May 29 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Over the next six months, the show has been scheduled to visit 42 bases in eight European and Pacific countries. To see the tour schedule, click HERE.

 Scroll down to see photos from the tour!

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Want to help? Here are five ways to get involved:

  1. Volunteer at one of your local USO locations. There are more than 160 around the world!
  2. Offer help to a military family in your area. That could be mowing the lawn or helping with chores or anything that can help relieve stress they may be feeling, especially when one spouse is deployed.
  3. Teach your kids how they can support their classmates that are military children. Visit for ideas.
  4. Listen to a military spouse. Sometimes we just need someone to talk to, so we know we’re not alone!
  5. Say thank you. Having a friend, neighbor, or total stranger thank you for your service goes a long way to making a service member feel the sacrifice is worth it.

To learn more about the tour and other resources for military families, visit:

Note: All photos are used with permission and courtesy of Sesame Street/USO. I was not compensated for this post.

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Review: Service Pals- educating children about the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines #militaryfamilies

Did you know April is Month of the Military Child?

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To review, I received a set of four books about Service Pals- the “Sidekicks of America’s Heroes.” Air Force Reserve pilot Maj. Johnathan Edmonds developed the concept of Service Pals when he couldn’t find any books to explain to his daughter in a happy light what he does in the military. The majority of books written for military kids are deployment-related (this is true-I’ve looked myself). When Edmonds couldn’t find what he was looking for, he created it himself. The characters of each book -military vehicles- have adventures and journeys, but deployment and combat is not mentioned.

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Our Experiences:

Baby J loves these books. They’re very colorful, and I think that appeals to him the most. He keeps “stealing” them and dragging them into the kitchen (I don’t know why that particular room).

Reading Service Pals

I love these books as well. I’ll go into that in a minute. I do have one cautionary note. These books don’t seem to be built for babies or very young children. What I mean is, they’re not made with fabric or a cardboard type of paper, etc. They will tear, and these books are so lovely, that’s the last thing I want to happen. I read these books to Baby J, but then I make sure to keep them high on one of our book shelves, out of his reach, the rest of the time. When he’s older and more responsible, he can have them back. I want them to last.

Edmonds plans to write more books, including one for the Coast Guard. I think that’s a great idea, and I really hope he does. I’d buy subsequent books for our kids, especially if they were about the Navy. As I mentioned in the beginning of this review, I’ve looked for military books for kids and the vast majority are deployment related. There’s a definite reason for that, and I’m happy that type of book exists. When J leaves next year, and again, and again, deployment-related books may help Baby J and me cope. But for all the rest of the time, books like Service Pals fill the void. I have yet to see anything quite like them out there. Finally, although I think these books are perfect for military children, civilians would find them very educational too.

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