Being a “military brat” is often a badge of pride for both children and adults. I know because, not only am I a military veteran, I am also a “military brat”. My father served in the Army for 22 years. We traveled to Europe and around the US, met all sorts of people and encountered a variety of cultures. Sometimes military kids can become a bit smug when they relate their life experiences to their “normal” friends.
The nation has watched carefully as dedicated athletes powered through the first week of competition at the 2012 Olympics.
A prime example of this transition to Olympic glory is Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast who edged out tough competition to win gold in the all-around competition after helping bring home a gold for Team USA just a few nights before.
Although by now you’re familiar with her name and brilliant work, you may not have known that Gabby is a proud military kid. Gabby’s father, a Staff Sargent with the Air National Guard, has faced three deployments since 2003.
Marvel has just released the latest issue of their special Avengers comics honoring the military. This series, started by Marvel in 2005, is distributed freely to service members and their families at Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) locations.
As military families, we are used to having to tackle the harder subjects in life, and we hit them head-on. We know we need to be honest with our kids about war, and about what our deployed service members are facing. However, there is always a balance between the truth about tragedy and information that could be too overwhelming for younger ears.
I was thinking about the horrific shooting early Friday morning at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater. How can we explain this tragedy and others like it to our children while maintaining a sense of trust? How can we assure they can be safe and still meet good people in this world?
Summer is in full swing, and managing everything that comes with it can be difficult. Although family vacations and outings are certainly highlights of the season, it’s safe to say planning the perfect getaway or even afternoon is stressful in the lives of already busy families. On top of that, you want to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal on your next summer purchase. How do you find great military bargains without using up some of your precious family time? We’re here to help you save time and money. We’d like to introduce our Summer Military Deals and Discounts Guide that contains more deals than one could dream of using in a summer.
Military families love to have an occasion to celebrate patriotism and our great nation!
If you are like me, you’ve been anticipating the Fourth of July for months now. It’s truly one of my favorite holidays. It’s not just the fireworks and cookouts; it’s the time of year when we reflect on birth of our great country. The Fourth of July reminds the world exactly what our military members have sworn to protect — our precious freedom!
Using crafts is a fun way to teach the history of the Fourth of July. Crafts are also a fun way to boost morale and get the kids engaged. Instead of simply watching fireworks, they can make a little of their own magic with some of these great craft ideas.
Fourth of July marks America’s birthday, our freedom and some of the hottest days of the year. Setting aside some time this weekend for kids crafts can help make the holiday special for the whole family.
This year the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., celebrates 30 years since its dedication in 1982.
It’s an inspiring installation that’s viewed by millions every year. But not every family can find the time and money for a trip to our nation’s capital.
That’s why traveling replicas of the Vietnam Memorial have become so important. Nearly as old as the memorial itself, these replicas represent a powerful way for people in all corners of the country to pay tribute to those courageous men and women who gave their all and to educate the next generation about the sacrifices made by military members who have gone before us. See More
The realities of deployment are hitting many military families hard this week with Father’s Day fast approaching. Although deployment is rough year-round, during certain holidays it can get especially difficult. The best way to ease the extra mental burden around certain holidays is to face them head on with a positive attitude. See More
When I worked in children’s mental health the idea of behavior being a form of communication became apparent. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the behavioral component of communication and just feel frustrated with the behavior.
But what’s considered “bad behavior” may be the only way your child knows how to deal with stress and fear.
Children communicate in ways that sometimes leaves their parents confused and frustrated. When children are faced with adult-sized stress and only have a child-sized understanding they fill the chasm with behavior. When words fail, they act out.