Military spouse writes children’s books to help with moves
TAMPA, Florida – It’s no secret that military families move a lot and it can get stressful, especially for children.
That’s why a Tampa mom wants to help the kids when it comes to a permanent station change, or PCS.
What would you like to know
- Athens Pellegrino is a mother of two, full-time budget analyst and now author
- Pellegrino’s husband is on active duty, meaning she and her family have moved seven times in 12 years
- She wrote the children’s book “Mission: My first PCS“to help children navigate their first permanent change of station and prepare for new moves
We spent time with Athens Pellegrino.
She is a busy mom of two, works for the US Air Force, and her husband is on active duty.
Pellegrino has his hands full with Callista, one, and Atticus, two.
“So we moved in here in July, seven days after this little one (Callista) was born. It was fun, we love the Tampa area. We’ve been married for about 12 years and this is our seventh move, ”said Pellegrino.
While she’s pretty much an expert on moving, once the kids are added to the mix it can get a lot more complicated.
Before leaving Alabama, she tried to find a children’s book to help her son.
“At the time, I searched and didn’t see anything really regarding the permanent change of station books or anything like that,” she said.
This sparked an idea and a new passion that led her to start typing.
“There would be nights when I would only get two hours of sleep and not really get a solid sleep, so I just started working on the book,” Pellegrino said.
After taking care of her daughter at night, she went to work for the day.
“I work as a full-time budget analyst. So it’s a lot of numbers, statistics, money management, so I liked having the book as a hobby to use as a creative outlet, ”she said.
“Mission: My First PCS” is the first book in his series called “The Military Child Chronicles”.
The book was inspired by his son Atticus.
“At first he was really upset and didn’t know what to expect from the move or anything, and then he learns as the story progresses that PCS is something he should be excited about. “she said.
Throughout the book, you’ll find tips for making travel less stressful, as well as fun puns on the acronym PCS.
“Just try to stay as positive as possible, it might not be your first choice of posting where you want to live, but as long as you’re there together as a family unit you can accomplish a lot of things, “” There are a lot of places to visit wherever you are, whether in the United States or overseas. “