Seeing as April is the month of the military child, I might as well confess: I’m a military brat, born to parents who served in the Air Force. My experience with the lifestyle was short, but I still managed to be conceived in Japan, born in California and had a PCS to Arizona.
The phrase “military brat” never bothered me. In fact, I took pride in it as an indicator of my parents’ service to our country. But that may not be the case for everyone. The word “brat” may confuse some on the surface and requires a deeper look. See More
It’s amazing how many factors play into successfully delivering a care package with baked goodies inside. Experimentation and trials among military spouses and families have generated some helpful tips for giving your treat the best chance to find its way into the mouth of your loved one.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when sending baked goods in a care package:
Spring has sprung, which means blooming flowers, baseball games, Easter holiday and warm-weather shenanigans. Take advantage of spring’s characteristics to send your service member a bit of fun in your next care package.
Military members often maintain a tough exterior, ready to respond to any call of duty. It may be a shock to family members when a service member begins to exhibit emotional distress signals. Family members expect a joyful reunion and life going back to “normal”. Many family members do not know how to help when a service member suddenly acts distant, angry, depressed, anxious or sad.
It seem overwhelming and it is easy for family members to feel helpless, but there are certain things a family member can do and say to support and help service members showing signs of emotional distress.
As a military family, chances are you’ve had a lot of practice adapting a home to the circumstances revolving around a TDY, PCS or deployment. So when it comes to childproofing a home, that practice may be an advantage, meaning childproofing a home should be no problem.
All you need is a place to start, so here are eight areas to focus on: See More
It’s been four years since Feb. 29 has appeared on our calendars, but it’s back for 2012. Though not divisible by 400 and therefore not mathematically an official leap year, we can’t deny the extra day.
Rather than treat it like any other day, try to make your leap day special. Here are a few activities to play with:
Military families endure a lot of stress whether it’s with a deployment, PCS, TDY or other military challenges. It’s no wonder that some families choose to avoid any additional stressors, including owning a pet.
But the mental and physical health benefits a pet can provide may be well worth the extra consideration.
Here are 12 benefits of having a pet that you and your family might consider:
The big holidays may have passed, but winter has just begun. There is no reason families can’t extend their winter togetherness until the warmer months of spring.
Whether you live in dry or snow-filled area, there are enough winter activities to accommodate any family.
The military is full of changing circumstances and the entire family can be affected—including kids.
If you’ve ever had to relocate during a school year, you may have dealt with the hassle of transferring curriculum in order to keep your child on track. New teachers, educational style, curriculum, and the constant changing quality of schools from location to location can unsettle students and some find it impacts their student’s performance in school.
Some military families choose to take matters into their own hands and choose to home school their children.
As with most decisions there are advantages and disadvantages to home schooling military children and ultimately families have to make the decision on what is right for them.
If you’re considering home schooling, here are some aspects to review: See More
January 2012 marks the tenth year since Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR partnered and started National Mentoring Month. The goal in its creation was to bring national awareness to the need for mentors so that more people could enjoy consistent, positive relationships. With the chaos of a constantly changing military lifestyle, one group that can benefit from a mentor is military children.
Whether it’s to cope with a deployment, the loss of a parent or just an extra friend to have, there are multiple mentorships designed for military children. Here are a few: See More