Many of us have felt the stinging consequences of compulsive spending. For some of us it’s a one time experience. We learned and we were able to control our spending the next time a temptation came our way. For others compulsive spending is a way of coping with stress, disappointment or other negative emotions. For others it’s an addiction. For the past several years I have talked to many military spouses who struggle with compulsive shopping – especially when deployment is involved.
If you searched for this article and are reading it, chances are you are in a very special group of American parents known as Blue Star parents. Welcome aboard!
The “Blue Star” refers to a star on a banner that the family of a service member, serving during a time of war, displays. This tradition of displaying a Blue Star banner or flag dates back to WWI. It is a public symbol of your child’s service to our Country. See More
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.
Here are 5 smart ways to help out a loved one without overstepping your boundaries: See More
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
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
Everyone has their fears, even in the military. While the expectation may be to remain solid and strong, fear is a natural phenomenon and can actually be beneficial to our health. It’s when that fear causes you to become scared that it can become a detriment. Having fear and being scared are often considered the same thing, but there is a subtle difference.
Fear is about the emotion surrounding danger, pain or whatever else. Being scared is a sudden moment of alarm or worry, often without reason. When fear is left to simmer, it leads to being scared, which can result in debilitation and missed opportunities. But there’s no need to worry (or fear, at least in this instance). There are ways to address your fears without becoming scared.
Here’s 6 steps to face your fears and not become scared. See More
Military life includes a sad reality — not everyone will make it home safely. Even though precautions are taken to insure the safety of our troops, there aren’t any guarantees. Those of us in Military Families are all too aware that, as a part of the military community, we may be faced with death of someone we love at any time.
When death strikes close to us it takes a toll on all of us. That is why it is so important to discovering ways to deal and cope with death. Finding ways to process your feelings is vital to your mental health. See More