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.
It’s amazing how many factors play into successfully delivering a care package with baked goodies inside. Experimentation and trials among military spouses and families have generated some helpful tips for giving your treat the best chance to find its way into the mouth of your loved one.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when sending baked goods in a care package:
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.
The other day I was looking for care package ideas, as always, and I stumbled upon an interesting group on the photo sharing site Flickr, called “13 ounces or less”.
For those less familiar with mail services this is the rule direct from the United States Postal Services:
Things less than or equal to 13 ounces are the easiest to mail because they just require regular stamps or you can print the postage at your computer and they can be mailed from your mailbox or in any postal drop. The upsides are obvious: no standing in line at the post office, no worries about huge shipping costs, these are quick to make and handled more quickly by the mail services, and they take less time to get to your soldier. 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
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