In my children’s book, “Did My Daddy Leave Me?” little Aubrey wakes up to find that her daddy is not there! She looks all over for him but is unable to find him.
When my son and the mother of his first child, Aubrey went their separate ways, I was reminded of the loss I felt when my father died. It occurred to me that no matter the circumstance, the loss of a parent is painful.
It is important to talk to a child and explain things to them so that they understand that what is happening to them is not their fault and that no matter what, they are always going to be loved.
There are three versions of this story. They cover deployment, death, and divorce. I believe that the lesson a child needs to learn is that even if a parent leaves, the love remains.