Safety is a top priority for military families on the front lines and back at home. Taking the time to build an emergency kit can help keep your family safe through a number of crises. Check out this slideshow with 10 essentials to include in your emergency kit.
Remember that these are just a few items to help you start or restock your emergency kit. A complete kit will include far more than 10 items. Don’t forget to share your unique emergency kit essentials!
Summer is the season for fun.
The warm weather, the pool parties, the watermelon and Independence Day are just a few things that come to mind. But summertime activities can also break the budget, not to mention the cost of a gallon of gas.
What can you do to fill in the days without blowing your bank account? Here are a few affordable and practical ideas to drum up summer fun in your own yard or community.
I don’t know about you, but I love fresh veggies out of the garden in the summer. Unfortunately, there have been times in my life when my yard space was just too small to accommodate a garden.
There are a lot of creative ways to grow your own food and herbs even if you’ve only got a small patch of land, be it part of base housing or your own backyard.
For better or worse, gossip is a fact of American life. We have entire media industries built on spreading rumors and churning the gossip mill. The motivation is always clear: Smut sells.
These media hubs wouldn’t exist without an audience. For whatever reason there’s a segment of our population that loves the smell of dirty laundry. It happens in Hollywood, it happens in suburbia and it happens in the military, too.
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
One of the most difficult tasks associated with moving into a new place is making your house feel more like home. Even if your name is on the deed, it may take a while for you to really feel like you’ve found a home.
Military families may have an especially hard time in this process because of common moves and family separations. It is common for service members and their families to subconsciously avoid attachment to particular houses and locations due to the frequency of separations but this can quickly make you feel uneasy.
It is important to feel at home in your house. Even with the difficulties of the military, there are things you and your family can do around the new house to help ease your emotions and make you feel at home. See More
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.
With so many technological temptations nowadays, kids are spending more time with cell phones, computers, game consoles and television. With the constantly changing environment of a military lifestyle, kids may be even more drawn to technology to maintain long-distance friendships or avoid new social interactions.
Despite how fun and helpful technology can be, it’s too easy for kids to spend hours in front of a screen rather than get the recommended 60 minutes of activity a day.
Parents know telling a child to do something doesn’t always mean they will; sometimes parents have to be a clever role model. If that’s the case, here are six ways to have fun and get active with your child and maybe even keep some winter blues at bay:
Even after years of experience and multiple deployments under their belts, families are constantly learning new challenges to the military lifestyle.
One of the biggest obstacles to overcome is handling judgment and ignorance about military issues from those closest to us.
Many of the readers on our Military Spouse and Family Facebook pages have dealt with this judgment firsthand and inspired these tips for bridging the learning gap and trying to respectfully inform those closest to you about military-specific struggles. See More
When families enter the military, they enter an entirely new lifestyle that only those living it can fully comprehend.
Bonds form quickly and strong friendships emerge from the mutual understanding and offered support. Those entering the military community for the first time might be surprised by the amount of camaraderie and closeness of the broader “military family”. It can be an entirely new level of friendship.
Military families can also begin to drift apart from even their closest civilian friends. Don’t worry though, there are some explanations of the differences in military and civilian friendships and we have some advice to help both types of friendships work. See More