Mom and Kids Sit at Table With One Empty Chair. But Then Little Girl Carefully Places ‘Daddy’ on Seat

“But in a way it has connected us to strangers too.”

Military families have to face many sad emotions as they say good-bye to their loved ones, not knowing when they might return. Children have a hard time when their parent is away for weeks, months, or even years. However, Brooke Hayes — a mother raising kids while her husband serves — never forgets. The popular Facebook page Love Matters posted a photo and story submitted by Hayes that shows her daughter eating breakfast with her “daddy doll.”

“She will pretend to feed it, talk to it, and act like he is with us until we are reunited as a family again. This morning strangers came up to our table after seeing the doll and thanked us for our service as a family, and some told us about the days when they served in the military. A few times strangers have cried after seeing the daddy doll and once someone told my son to take care of his family until his daddy comes home,” she wrote, which has since received over 33,000 likes and 2,700 shares.


Apparently daddy dolls are common among military families, and kids snuggle with them at night, or bring them along on what would be family outings. Parents from all over the U.S. reached out, opening up about their own daddy dolls, and how hard it is to be the spouse of someone deployed.