#ChildrensBook: Daddy's Disease
by Carolyn Hannan Bell
In an easily understood, beautifully illustrated style, "Daddy's Disease" helps families to navigate the difficult waters of alcoholism. Tommy doesn't know why his father doesn't show up for dinners, or soccer games or why he acts funny sometimes.
Tommy thinks it's because his father doesn't want to be with him, that he hasn't been the best boy he can be, that he should try harder. But, Mommy tells Tommy that Daddy has a disease called "alcoholism." She helps Tommy, and his faithful dog Murphy, understand what this disease is and how it affects Daddy, and the whole family. She teaches Tommy that he is not responsible for Daddy's behavior and that gives Tommy the peace he needs to foster a healthy childhood.
Carolyn Hannan Bell is a practicing Psychotherapist in South Jersey. She earned her BA in Psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and her MS in Counseling from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She often works with families and individuals suffering from the emotional affects of alcohol and substance abuse. This is her first children's book.
What Readers Are Saying About This Book:
By Suzanne K. on November 7, 2013
Daddy's Disease is a well written and informative book that manages to connect with kids of all ages. It addresses the feelings that so many kids of alcoholic parents have and helps them understand those feelings as well as understand alcoholism.
I was impressed with how well the author was able to explain the disease of alcoholism in terms that a child can relate to. This book will help so many children deal with their feelings of hurt and confusion. A MUST read!
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