They say “you are what you eat,” and there is some truth to that. We are also what we project in the lines of our attitude. Your attitude affects your actions, as well as your mental and physical health. It can feel like an uphill battle sometimes when you are facing deployments, PCSing and other difficulties of military life, but there are strategies you can use to keep that chin lifted high and to keep that attitude working for you instead of against you.
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.
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.
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:
When a member of your extended family is facing deployment or other military moves, it’s easy to feel like there is nothing you can do to help. That can be especially true for military families new to the experience. It might feel like you’re prying or annoying rather than helping.
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It is an honor to be a parent of a United States soldier, they volunteered to fight for our country and you should be very proud of them.
That being said, you, like most parents out there, probably have many emotional and mixed feelings about a current or upcoming deployment. It is easy to start feeling helpless when your son or daughter gets deployment orders. You may feel like there is nothing you can do.
We put together the best tips and advice on how to support your child while he or she is deployed. They deserve all the support they can get! See More
When a parent is deployed for service the impact on children can be hard for them to handle.
To help provide military families with the resources and emotional support to deal with the absence of a family member the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, has created the Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes initiative.
Although it’s never easy to be separated from the person you love, holiday seasons likely exacerbate how much you long for your family member.
With Thanksgiving just three weeks away, now is a good time to prepare yourself and the rest of the family for the absence on those special occasions. At the same time, if things change for the better and your service member can make it home, then you’ll be that much happier.
Try following some of the tips below to make those special occasions less lonely.
Between visiting friends and family or enduring a permanent change of station, the military lifestyle can require a lot of extra travel.
It’s not so bad when you only have to plan a trip for yourself. But the challenge can rise dramatically when you have a child or children to bring along. There are ways to avoid the potential tantrums, sheer boredom and irksome insomnia.
Here are a few tips to effectively manage and enjoy your travels with kids: See More