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Nick News Presents: “Coming Home: When Parents Return From War”

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I am incredibly lucky. Each day I come home, whether it’s from school or work or just hanging with my friends, to see my mother and father hanging outside with their chicken. I take for granted that they will always be there. It rarely occurs to me that some kids have it so much harder, considering one or both of their parents is fighting for my freedom.

There are a ton of programs to support our troops, which is absolutely great and I fully support supporting our troops. I think they’re amazing. I applaud what they are doing and I have tremendous respect for them. However, what we don’t really see as often is honoring the families of those serving.

So, this is why Nick News, hosted by Linda Ellerbee, is presenting a special viewing called, “Coming Home: When Parents Return From War,” on July 6th at 9PM. The show profiles different kids with parents coming home from Iraq and honors how strong they are.

Everyone has a different story: kids who’ve had no choice but to become more responsible due to their parents being gone, kids adjusting to parents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or physical disabilities, and kids whose parent died fighting bravely. This program showcases kids with these stories.

Some of the things these kids say break my heart, like when Kayleigh said about her dad, “It’s not like he’s on a business trip and you know he’ll always come back.”

The show focuses on the parents coming home. Ms. Ellerbee said, “Soldiers have expectations about what their kids are going to be like. Kids have expectations about what their soldier-parents are going to be like. And they’re all probably going to be wrong.”

As long as this show doesn’t make this into a anti-war thing and focuses on honoring the kids, this should be a good special. It’s about time someone honors the kids put through this stress.

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  • http://www.luckyduckprodcutions.com Linda Ellerbee

    Dear Maddy,

    “Coming Home” is in no way an “anti-war” show, nor was it ever meant to be. In fact, it breaks my heart when one girl (in the show) says she can’t share her fears or troubles with some friends because they’re against the war. How terrible. It shames us all if we let politics stand between us when one of us is hurting. Although there can be disagreements about the war, there can be no questioning the genuine bravery and sacrifices of the American soldiers — and their FAMILIES. We wanted to acknowledge that. Because “Nick News” is a documentary series for kids, we chose to honor soldiers’ kids, and in the end counted ourselves honored to get to know them. Their honesty, integrity, courage, hope — and most especially their pride — were (are) inspiring. We wanted to communicate this, and when you watch the show (and I hope you will) I hope you’ll see that pride come shining through. I love the expression on the face of the child, the soldier’s daughter, when she says “My Dad is awesome!”

    And he is. And so’s his daughter.

    You’re right. This show is not for little kiddies, but it’s not meant to be. However, there are no graphic war scenes, and every parent must decide what is age-appropriate for their own child. I’m not suggesting anyone prop up their toddler in front of the TV a half hour on how kids stand up to war. But over the almost 18 years we’ve been on the air, we’ve discovered that sometimes what’s surprisingly too much for a particular 12-year-old is actually okay for a particular 6-year-old. It all depends on the child. And only the parent can know about their own child. Pre-watching the show is one option. And we always suggest (I think I even say it on the air at the top of the show) that kids bring a parent or other grownup they trust to watch the show with them. It is our hope that our shows might be a starting point for families to engage in conversation about what they’re just seen, to question, to express their own views, and see what comes up. We know (because they’ve told us so) that in more than one instance these shows have been an important starting point for conversations inside families about some of the stuff that can be tough to talk about: divorce, AIDS, bullying, racism, genocide, immigration, stress, body-image, to name a few.

    The behavior of nations would be another.

    But forgive me. I’ve ranted enough here. Thanks for mentioning the show. I hope it doesn’t disappoint you.

    Regards,

    Linda Ellerbee

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