When God was handing out wills, he must have given my daughter a triple dose. To say that she’s strong-willed is an understatement. She’s a joy and we love her very much. The difficulty with strong-willed kids is you run the risk of either caving to them too much, or being overly harsh with them to get them to mind. There is hope, however, and a wonderful parenting approach called “Love and Logic” that was developed with strong-willed kids in mind. See More
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?
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
Deployment is a difficult time for everyone involved. The danger and distance of a loved one being deployed overseas can put a strain on family relationships. With younger children one of the biggest struggles is explaining where and why their parent is leaving at an age when processing anything outside of daily life is difficult.
Dealing with a teenager who more fully understand the dangers and reality of a deployment presents a whole new set of obstacles and reactions that you should be prepared for. Here are some things to expect: See More
Months or years of training leave most service members feeling prepared for the work aspects of deployment, but preparing your family and your children for the changes that come with losing a member of the family for an extended period of time is incredibly difficult.
One of the most difficult issues leading up to deployment when you have children is trying to truthfully explain what is going on and what you’re doing without scaring them or adding additional stress. The process of talking to your children about deployment and how much you tell your children depends largely on their age and maturity level.
We put these tips together for you to use when deciding how to talk to your children about deployments. See More