The following review of the film “Children of Military Families” was written by Chanity Creech from chanity.blogspot.com.
I was recently contacted by Jenni O’Keefe from Professor Child about reviewing the company’s newest film release, Children of Military Families. I didn’t even hesitate to agree because this topic obviously has a special place in my heart.
My husband was deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months (May 2009 – May 2010), and during that year he missed our son’s 2nd year of life. Of course, there has been a countless amount of trainings and schools that he has been to since then to add to the time away from the kids. We know from experience that deployments and separations are hard. Really hard. A parent leaving for a long period of time is not something that you can easily explain or justify to your child/ren, no matter their age. Children are receptive of everything going on around them. Never underestimate how your child will cope because of their age. I’ll never forget one of the most heartbreaking moments I’ve ever experienced in my life was finding my son hiding under the kitchen table at my mom’s house crying for his daddy. He was only 1 year old. I can’t imagine the emotions that would come if we had to go through another deployment now that he is 5 and has a sister that is 1.
I would have loved to have a resource like this when we went through deployment. (Even though my son was much younger at the time than the children in the film, I think it would have been beneficial to me as a parent.) I would recommend it to any family that is currently going through deployment or that will be going through one in the near future. Actually, if you’re a military family period – just watch it. We don’t plan deployments so this film could be helpful to anyone at anytime. The approach that Professor Child takes is amazing. Who better to tell you about the emotions and fears of children going through deployment than children themselves?
I really enjoyed listening to the children answer different questions in the only way that children know how, candidly and vulnerably. It made me emotional to hear some of the quotes from the children, because all I could think about was how many kids actually feel this way but never share their emotions with anyone?
One child says, “I really want people to know and feel the pain and, like, suffering that you have to go to and the sadness and everything. I would pretty much say that it is very hard and it can hurt inside.”
Another says, “The number one worry going all through out our family is – is he going to get hurt? Is he going to die?”
When asked to give advice to other children one child says, “The advice that I would give to other kids is they’ll be back sooner than you think and it’s okay to cry.”
I truly feel like there would be nothing more comforting to a child than hearing another child say aloud what he/she is feeling and may be too scared or ashamed to talk about. This film goes through the good and the bad and will leave your child filled with hope. There will never be an easy fix when it comes to dealing with children and deployments, but as an Army wife and mother of 2 – I can guarantee that this will be a resource that we use for the future.
The complete review can be read at: http://chanity.blogspot.com/2014/03/review-professor-child-children-of.html