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The Tiniest Soldiers: Kids Staying Strong While Parents Serve

Whether you're personally for or against the war in Iraq, the emotional toll it is having on the children of those deployed in service is a daily battle in a tiny body. About 1.2 million children belong to families with an active duty parent — and 40 percent of those kids are under the age of five. According to one expert the stress at that age of having a missing parent can have a negative effect on healthy development.

Two military moms have come up with their own solution to help ease the pain of missing a soldier dad: it's called the Daddy Doll. Cooked up by a mom whose husband was deploying and leaving four kids behind, it's a doll emblazoned with a full-length picture of the father in uniform each with a personalized recording in their own voice. She says of the recordings in her family's Daddy Doll, "he actually did them the day he left, so it was an emotional time for him. You can kind of hear his voice crack a little bit in some of the recordings." The dolls are designed to help kids deal with their absent parent, and the moms say they can soothe a sad kid just by being able to hear his voice and seeing his image.

With all the news from the conflicts and war fronts, are we paying enough attention to those serving from home? Do traditions and mementos like these Daddy Dolls help?

Check out the video of the piece, including the story of one family who's traced dad's hand and hung it on the fridge, so the kids can always have a dad "high-five".


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