Soldier writes book to help his cope with his deployment - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Soldier writes book to help children cope with deployment

Manders wrote a book for young children to cope with being away from deployed military parents. (Source: WAFF) Manders wrote a book for young children to cope with being away from deployed military parents. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

When parents in the military leave for deployment or training it's sometimes hard for their young children to deal with them being away.

J. D. Manders was stuck in a hard spot after he deployed about 10 years ago. His two daughters, who were 3 and 7 years-old, had a hard time dealing with him being miles away. So he decided to write a book that can help military families everywhere.

As Manders sits with his two daughters, he reads the book that helped them through a hard time a few years ago. "When I deployed in 2004, I'm in the Army National Guard and we went into Iraq," he said.

While he was deployed, he would do the normal things to make sure the girls remembered who he was. "So we made videos and I was sending letters home," said Manders.

But they still seemed to have problems adjusting. "Sarah was sleepwalking and Lilly was having a lot of nightmares and was sleeping with my wife."

After brain storming, he realized that he and his daughters bonded most during reading time.

"I really, really missed him reading to me and mom couldn't do it right, she just didn't do the voices," said his daughter Sarah.

So he decided to write them a story that would entertain and help them cope with him being gone. 

"I just sent home a few chapters at a time," Manders said.

It's a story about two little girls who stumble upon lots of obstacles in their backyard. Those situations teach them how to be more independent and strong even when their parents aren't around.

The story became a big hit with the girls.

"I wasn't so much focusing on Daddy's gone, I was focusing on Daddy's sending me chapters and when is my next chapter," said Sarah.

Manders said he hopes other families will get the same benefits his kids got out of it.

The book is called "The Fairy Child." You can get a copy at Manders' book signing Friday. The event will be at Beloved Books in Lowe Mill from noon to 6 p.m.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:31:34 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly