What do you do when you miss your parents? Rachel's story is told through the eyes of a young girl named Rachel, her twin brother Harry, and her classmates and friends - all of whom experience what it is like to live with parent working away from home. The book also explores the emotional responses of children who miss their parents, and looks at care arrangements and methods of communications utilised by different families. It also presents coping strategies through joint projects with support relatives. This book is not solely aimed at families in military service.
Created as part of the Early Childhood Defence Programs project, this book is part of a series of research-based storybooks, all designed to increase and support a child's understanding about the work of their parents and how it affect their lives. Topics focus on deployment, health impacts and family life in general.
Thanks to the generous funding of the Ian Potter Foundation, the University of New England and the Associate of Graduates of Early Childhood Studies, a free version of this publication (along with interactive educational activities) is available at https://ecdefenceprograms.com/index.php/ebook-to-build-resilience-when-parents-work-away/
Joint winner - 2022 'Distinctive Work' prize - Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) - commended "for its significant contribution to supporting children and their families and your innovative, creative methods used in doing so".
Suitable for: Early childhood (0-6 years) & Younger children (7-12 years).
Details: Children's book/Education resource (picture book), published 2022.
Format: Soft cover, illustrations, 34 pages.