- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 4, 2001

Books

• "Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change," by Barbara Coloroso, HarperCollins, 2000. This book, by a parenting educator who has counseled military families worldwide, shows how to help children through times of great upheaval.

• "When Nothing Makes Sense: Disaster, Crisis and Their Effects on Children," by Gerald Deskin and Greg Steckler, Fairview Press, 1996. The authors tell parents how to identify and manage children's crisis-related stress and illustrate ways families can cope together.

Online

• The National Military Family Association, a nonprofit group of active duty, reserve and retired service members and their families, provides a comprehensive array of services, links and information via its Web site (www.nmfa.org).

• Armed Forces Emergency Services, offered by the American Red Cross, provides emergency communications, counseling and emergency financial assistance to families when they need it most. Families can click on www.redcross.org/services/afes.

• A site called Deploymentlink (https://deploymentlink.osd.mil), maintained by the Office of the Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense, has National Guard and Reserves deployment information and includes a section on helping children cope with terrorism. Don't miss the "Kids Information on Deployment Stuff."


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