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Undeniable Truths About Raising a Military Child

I brought my baby home from the hospital in a blue stocking cap that read N-A-V-Y. It was my little sign to the world that I was raising a military child and I knew it. Bring on the criticism. I … [Read more...]

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Know an Amazing MilKid? Operation Homefront Nominations Open

Every year Operation Homefront gives five extraordinary military kids a chance to shine all on their own. And you could be responsible for nominating one of the next step. The organization's … [Read more...]

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Should Rank Keep Your Military Teen From Babysitting?

Babysitters. I don’t know about you, but when I had small children, reliable and available babysitters were one of the most important things in my life. I just knew that I would pay-it-backward by … [Read more...]

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10 Ways To Be An Awesome Mom — On The Cheap!

The things that make a person a good mom or dad always seem a little boring to me. I can do them. I can cook nutritious meals and brush little teeth and make itty bitty kiddies feel safe and cuddly. … [Read more...]

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Dear Duchess Kate: I Feel You, Girl

This past month, the world was squealing with excitement over the news of Duchess Kate’s pregnancy. (It was the whole world, right? Not just me?) The palace then quickly followed that with the … [Read more...]

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Are Your Kids Afraid of Online Threats to Military Families?

Online threats to military families? I confess I ignored the recent news story about how extremists urged “lone wolves” in the United States to find military families online and kill … [Read more...]

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Books Help MilKids Through Tough Feelings

My 5-year-old is a worrywart. I'm embarrassed to say that he takes after his mother -- if anything goes off plan or off schedule it's a cue to FREAK OUT. I've gotten better about it over time, but he … [Read more...]

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Military Children Believe They Shouldn’t Need Help?

No military child should have to feel the weight of the world and the overwhelming loneliness brought on by an inability to understand how to deal with life in general--let alone military life. Yet … [Read more...]

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How Do YOU Parent Without Your Service Member?

It is a shocker. Even if you think you do everything yourself, the minute your service member takes off for boot camp or basic training, goes to the field, gets underway, leaves for TDY, deploys or … [Read more...]

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YDU: Gifted and Talented In One State, Not In Another?

Why didn’t you tell me my daughter would be gifted and talented in one state and not in another? Even temporarily? I was just reading on SpouseBuzz about how all 50 states are trying to make … [Read more...]

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Book by Veteran Chases Away Kids’ Monsters

One of the things I love about the military community is how proactive many of us tend to be. We are doers. We see a problem, and we do something about it. That's exactly how Pennsylvania Air … [Read more...]

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How to Stay Close With Grandparents While Far Away

Growing up I was very close to my grandparents. I was lucky enough to have four grandparents and three great-grandparents for most of my childhood. I lived close enough for weekend visits and … [Read more...]

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All 50 States Now Offer Military Child Education Help

PCSing with school-aged kids or teens is now just a little easier in all 50 states, thanks to an inter-state education agreement that is now law across the U.S. The governor of New York State, … [Read more...]

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Military Kid Cooks With Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray

Military kids are known for their adaptability, their good humor and their talent to oorah from birth, but did you know they could cook? Marine kid Helen Wilson, 12, will join the second season of … [Read more...]

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Help Me: The Back-to-School Missing Parent Void

My 5-year-old got on the school bus for the first time ever recently for his three-quarter mile ride to our local elementary school. He had his Lightening McQueen backpack filled with school … [Read more...]

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How Do YOU Get Ready For Back To School?

Back to school time starts in our house when I scrawl Edgar W. Howe’s immortal wisdom on my chalkboard: "If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane … [Read more...]

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Moving Military Kids: It’s All About the Parents

Moving military kids is really dependent on the mom and the dad, the service member and the spouse.  That's what the research on military families says. Adults who can keep a reasonably positive … [Read more...]

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Should You Send Kids To Online Public School?

As an Air Force spouse for the last 17 years and the mother of three, I have experienced almost every educational option available for military families: homeschooling, traditional public schools, DoD … [Read more...]