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...

Celebrating Holidays in a TLF

Yay! You got orders, and you successfully made it to the temporary lodging facility (TLF) at your new home base. You know (with like...

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...

To Bring Kids or Not to Bring Kids to Events

We’ve all seen those children. You know the ones, they're throwing fits during the invocation at a change of command or running around during...

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...

Surviving the Japan Floods: Part 3

From the invaluable perspectives of two people removed from the situation, it seemed best to navigate back to Higashihiroshima. I knew I could get...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 5

I turned right out of the gas station parking lot with a determination I have never experienced before. This absolutely had to work. We...

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...

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...

Surviving the 2018 Japan Floods: Part 4

Never having pumped my own gas in Japan before, that could have easily have been the most eventful part of my day on any...

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....

How to Talk to Your Kids About Memorial Holidays

A child's world should be full of imagination and discovery, exploration and wonder. So when they become old enough to wonder about the meaning...

The Real Mom’s School Guide

Have you seen what parents are packing in their kids’ lunch boxes lately? The ratio of time spent preparing versus time spent eating has...

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...

From Mainstream Classroom to Worldschooling

When you find out you will be a parent, one of the first things you begin pondering is your child's education. We were just...

4 Reasons This Family Needs Summer Camp

Children love summertime. They feel free without the constraints of bedtime, homework, and school. Do you remember the awesome feeling of doing whatever you...

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...

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...

Dad Is More Fun and It’s OK

It wasn’t so long ago that dads were mostly absent from parenting — working all day, then coming home to dinner on the table...

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...