To the Bonus Dads on Father’s Day

To many, the term bonus dad means step-father. This is not always the case for military kids. For military kids, bonus dads come...

Embracing the Introverted Military Spouse

The nomadic life of military spouses introduces them to a new community and a sea full of strange faces every few years. For an...

Surviving a PCS Road Trip with Kids

You’re about to set off on an epic road trip across the states! You’ve got an awesome playlist already streaming through your mind. You’re...

How to Support a Mom After Miscarriage

Miscarriage is traumatic and heartbreaking and affects 15 to 20 percent of pregnant women. For many military spouses, miscarriages can occur when their partners are...

Becoming The Wild Bradburys: Adventures with Kids Abroad

When I met my Marine in 2009, I had just returned from a year abroad in Greece, Italy, and Turkey. I fell in love...

We Don’t Do Thanksgiving

Military life gives us so much to be thankful for — priceless travel opportunities, a ride-or-die framily, opportunities to remind ourselves just how strong...

Surviving a Deployment with Kids

Your spouse just left for a six-month deployment. Fear bubbles up inside. You think of all the possible scenarios, and you pray for his...

Thank You, Military Spouse Sister Wives

It's been several months since you uprooted your little family from a picturesque small town on the East Coast (or wherever) to sunny and...

What’s the Difference Between Tricare Plans

Just reading the above title that included the "T" word might have been enough to trigger subconscious impatience and perhaps even a little sweat. Visions...

Teaching Kids About Earthquakes Without Scaring Them

The unknown is a dark, scary place for a kid. And, when you think about it, so much of their world is unknown. They...

The Unmatched Sibling Bond of Military Kids

If there is an upside to packing up and moving around the globe every few years as military families do, it’s this: Those kids...

Deployment Tools for Children

You’ve just been told that your spouse is leaving for a nine-month deployment, your first deployment with children. Your mind goes in a million...

24 Fall Family Camping Essentials

Cool breezes, falling leaves, and pumpkin spice a-plenty—autumn is in the air! What better way to usher in the season than with...

Surviving the TLF with Kids

Let’s start by putting the wondering minds to rest, TLF stands for temporary lodging facility in military land, and there are three reasons why...

Managing Maternity Leave: Military Spouse Life as CEO

You're the Financial Director, Event Organizer, Chief Operating Officer, and CEO of your household, not to mention entrepreneur on the side. So how do...

Taking on Military Life — What Extended Families Need to Know

For many people, saying “I do” doesn’t automatically mean declaring, “Bye, Felicia” to the rest of your family. Unfortunately, this is kind of a...

A Military Spouse’s Open Letter to Congress about Education

This post originally appeared on dependastrong. Dear Congress: I would like to begin by...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 1

Since World War II, Hiroshima, Japan has been a symbol of loss. A stroll through the Peace Park is sobering and gives me goosebumps...

How To Simplify Your Life With Kids

Life with kids will always come with some complications, but it doesn’t need to be as rushed and chaotic as you’ve been living it....

Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed for Your Back to School...

Back to school season is upon some of us already—if you're still looking at weeks of summer, just remember this conversation at...

12 Things to Make Packing Back to School Lunch Easier

Back to school time has snuck up on all of us, and while we may have the new clothes and the school...

MOPS: A Place of Support For New Moms

Military service members fight valiantly in war. As mothers, service member or civilian, fight our own war of sorts. Our wars may not have...

What You Need to Become a Toy Minimalist

Every day we see our kids have the time of their lives with a pile of stones or the wood chips at the playground....

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a White Noise Machine for...

White noise has a sound frequency that lets babies fall sound asleep. The white noise machine comes with many advantages. It blocks...

Raising a Generation of Girl Coders

Whether we realize we are doing it or not as parents, we often propel our children toward activities that are normalized for their genders....

Podcasts for Moms

Podcasts are a fun way to absorb useful information, be inspired, or simply be entertained. But finding the right podcast can be intimidating. With...

Worldschooling with The Wild Bradburys: Teaching Historical Tragedies to Young Kids

Throughout Europe, tough subjects are a regular part of life and history. The people walk among the prior execution squares. Sites of...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: The Conclusion

We made it across the bridge and kept going until I saw a sign for Route 2. This, when we weren’t in a hurry...

8 Ways to Recover from Your Phone Addiction

Many of us are well aware we have a phone-addiction crisis on our hands. We know the importance of showing up, and we want...

Military Kids and Guns: Discussing Their World

Certain opinions and luxuries exist in the civilian world that just can’t logistically survive in the military community. Oh, you’ve lived in that house...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 2

We landed and sprinkles — nothing more, no ferocious pelting rain — dotted the window on the row-20 window of our Japan Airlines flight. Carry-ons...

How to Move Past the Mom Guilt

As a daughter, I tried to avoid the mom guilt at all costs. I was the goody-two-shoes kind of kid who deflated every time...

How to Thrive While Your Spouse Works Nights

The military can come with crazy hours for your spouse — sometimes they work day shifts, and other times your spouse works nights (sometimes all...

7 Best Goody Bag Gifts for Kids

Children at parties and occasions bring more happiness to any event. You can bring more joy to them by giving them goody...

Indivisible — A Military Marriage Built on Faith

Remember back to the first military movie you watched. Maybe it was as a new military spouse; perhaps it was as a kid. Either...

Worldschooling with The Wild Bradburys: Homeschooling a Military Child

Yes! You've made the decision to start homeschooling a military child, your military child —congrats! Now you have some decisions to make, and you...