Author Helping Children Cope

Dear Friend,

I want to share this story with you. In it, I tell you how I felt as I was turning 8 years old and about to be separated from my dad. My dad was in the military and the military is a different kind of life.

You may be going through a similar sad time in your life or know someone who has to be separated from a person they love and will miss very much. I wrote my story because it might be your story, too. Sometimes it feels like we’re on an emotional roller coaster, with lots of ups and downs. I hope my story will help you.

I encourage you to write your own story, as I did, so you can get through lonely times. Please share your story here, and tell me what you think about mine.

All my best to you,

Carolyn

CAROLYN WATKINS HAS WRITTEN AN AWARD WINNING BOOK GEARED FOR AGES 8-13 THAT HELPS CHILDREN EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS WHEN COPING WITH THEIR OWN PERSONAL SITUATIONS.

The Knock is an autobiographical reflection of a military family learning to cope with the stress of a long deployment and its eventual consequences.

The book is available as a level 1 reader (for ages 6-8) or middle school reader (Level 2 ages 9-12) and are written as a memoir describing a difficult time in the author’s life.

Reader Reviews

“Carolyn has written a touching story about the tender ties between parent and child, and the feelings of love and loss brought on by long military separations.” —Grace Lessner, New Hampshire editor

“The Knock is an honest reflection of the realities most military families must work through. Although the setting takes place over 50 years ago, the raw feelings can be understood by every little girl or boy who has ever had a military parent leave home. Military service is a sacrifice felt by entire families, not just individuals. The Knock connects children of every age and background around the world who remains at home and waits for their parents’ return from fulfilling their military service.” —Michelle B. Mastrobattista, Captain, US Army

“This is a caring and sensitive story which describes, in heartfelt detail, what it’s like for a young girl when her dad is deployed to a faraway place on active military duty. Day-to-day family coping skills, the strength of supportive relatives, and the worries about her seriously wounded father after his return home are all voiced by a child who lived this scenario. The story’s positive outcome will bring comfort to children in similar circumstances. Highly recommended for parents and children to read together, The Knock will surely stimulate some constructive and helpful family conversations.” —Cathleen C. Beaudoin, Library Director, Dover Public Library

Author Helping Children Cope

The Knock is an autobiographical reflection of a military family learning to cope with the stress of a long deployment and its eventual consequences.

Tell us Your Story

I encourage you to write your own story, as I did, so you can get through lonely times. Please share your story here, and tell me what you think about mine.