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Celebrate Your Military Kid With Reading

Why is the internet riddled with photos of Cat-in-the-Hat hats, Thing 1 & Thing 2 costumes and Dr. Seuss quotes lately? Simple: March is National Reading Month and that annual Read Across America … [Read more...]

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Too Much Praise Puts the ‘Brat’ in ‘Military Brat?’

I want my military kids to know I am always proud of how they adapt and overcome. I want to encourage them. I do not want them to grow-up to be aggressive, narcissistic jerks. But a new study … [Read more...]

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New Military Kids Magazine Speaks at Kids’ Level

Sometimes managing military life for our kids is about striking that balance between acknowledging publicly that, being a military family is hard and letting yourself wallow in it at home. We … [Read more...]

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Sea Time Confessions to my Husband

Dear Husband, First and foremost, I’m thrilled you've once again advanced your career and received orders back to sea. While I’m saddened you won’t be home as much, I’m ecstatic that … [Read more...]

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13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Military Child

Did you meet a military kid when they made your kid’s baseball team? Did you wonder how they made it on the team when tryouts were weeks ago? Or maybe you saw some military kids in the newspaper … [Read more...]

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New MilitaryChildCare.com Site Shockingly Awesome

The Defense Department has rolled out MilitaryChildCare.com, a new website designed to bring all military child care help to a central online location. No more wondering how in the world to find help … [Read more...]

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Military Wife on Bed Rest? HA.

Two years ago around this time, I was put on bed rest when I was pregnant with our first child. NBD.  The staff at Walter Reed were awesome, hubs was deployed, and I was staying with my mom. Can you … [Read more...]

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Slacker Parenting Tips for the Holidays

What do children really want? I recently read a study that said that what children really want isn’t a WiiU or an iPhone 6 or a mini Mustang Convertible that can go zero to 60 in, say, three … [Read more...]

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Pregnant At Christmas: What To Expect

I think there is something special about being ‘with child’ during the holiday season. You aren’t just pregnant. You aren’t just having a baby. This is the time of year you can stand … [Read more...]

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The BRAT Perspective: ‘We Are not Spoiled Brats’

In recent weeks, there has been a war of two cultures across social media. There is a group, a non-profit, called Operation C.H.A.M.P.S (Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel) that is run by … [Read more...]

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Military Nonprofit ‘Destroyed’ by Military BRATs

This is why we can’t have nice things, people. On Tuesday, Operation CHAMPS, a nonprofit dedicated to military kids closed down due to a crippling internet controversy. Read about it over on … [Read more...]

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The Fort Bragg Rule For Military Parenting

When you are the Must Have Parent raising your military kids solo while your Must Do partner is away on the job, you get a lot of parenting advice like: You must breastfeed. You must involve … [Read more...]

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Military Kid 2015 Commissary Scholarship Open Soon

A scholarship program run through the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) and administered by the Fisher House Foundation will open for applications Dec. 15. The program, which is celebrating its … [Read more...]

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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...]