To the Bonus Dads on Father’s Day

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

Surviving a PCS Road Trip with Kids

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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...

Embracing the Introverted Military Spouse

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

What’s the Difference Between Tricare Plans

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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...

How to Support a Mom After Miscarriage

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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...

Surviving a Deployment with Kids

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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...

Teaching Kids About Earthquakes Without Scaring Them

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

Becoming The Wild Bradburys: Adventures with Kids Abroad

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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

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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...

Thank You, Military Spouse Sister Wives

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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...

Surviving the TLF with Kids

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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...

The Unmatched Sibling Bond of Military Kids

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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...

24 Fall Family Camping Essentials

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

Deployment Tools for Children

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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...

Taking on Military Life — What Extended Families Need to Know

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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...

How To Simplify Your Life With Kids

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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....

Managing Maternity Leave: Military Spouse Life as CEO

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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...

A Military Spouse’s Open Letter to Congress about Education

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

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

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

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 1

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

12 Things to Make Packing Back to School Lunch Easier

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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

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

Podcasts for Moms

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

What You Need to Become a Toy Minimalist

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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 Day Date Ideas with Your Service Member to Take Between...

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This post is sponsored by Noodles. Christmas is a hectic time of year. Between Christmas shopping, holiday parties, and unit events, it can often be...

8 Things to Do When You Feel Defeated

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As a spouse, you experience many changes in the military life: permanent change of station (PCS), deployments, training separations, job changes for...

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

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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

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

Sensory Activities: Making Them Part of Your Play Routine

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Little ones get bored playing with their toys — if we're counting, often within just minutes. But, they can splash endlessly in a water table. Likewise, puzzles...

7 Best Goody Bag Gifts for Kids

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

Military Kids and Guns: Discussing Their World

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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...

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

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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

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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...

5 Creative Dollar Store Preschool Activities

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You already love the dollar store for party and cleaning supplies (can we talk about LA's Awesome Cleaner?!), but did you know that...

8 Ways to Recover from Your Phone Addiction

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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...

5 Thanksgiving Kid’s Table Ideas for the Win

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Nothing is more grating on parents’ nerves than crushing it in the kitchen, making Pinterest-worthy meals only to have our kids — our own flesh...