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...

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...

Worldschooling with the Wild Bradburys: 4 Ways to Get the Most...

With a master's in Museum Science, museum-going has been a love of mine for a long time. Even the museums with the dullest of content...

11 Nourishing Foods for Nursing Moms

If you're a nursing mama, chances are that you know the struggle of an increased appetite and the never-ending urge to eat....

Sensory Activities: Making Them Part of Your Play Routine

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...

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...

Finding Your Zen When Your Spouse Works Late

It's 4 p.m. and the countdown to dinner, bath, and bedtime is on! Knowing your spouse is close to being home to tag-team the...

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...

5 Thanksgiving Kid’s Table Ideas for the Win

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...

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...

4 Ways to Keep a Military Parent Connected

As military spouses, we get what we signed up for. We've learned that workdays often frequently start before 9 a.m. and blow right by...

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...

Is Homeschooling Right For Your Military Family?

As more and more people join the homeschooling bandwagon, it’s normal to wonder if it would work for you. Let’s face it, one reason...

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...

11 YouTube Alternatives for Kids

There is a hot topic going around social media about child safety issues with YouTube content. The recent uptick in shares from...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

9 Hacks for Valentine’s Day at School

Remember Valentine's Day back in elementary school? You found the box of valentines in the seasonal aisle of Walmart with your favorite...

When Moving Starts to Matter to the Military Kid

Moving as a military kid wasn't too hard when they were in preschool and the early elementary years. As long as your family was...

Bring Your Van to the Next Level with These Minivan Organization...

This post is sponsored by Lloyd Mats. You fought it for so long, but here you are- you...

How My Baby Helped Me Make Friends

You know the phrase when it rains, it pours? Well, it might not rain in California, but for my husband and I, the move...

Adjusting Parenting Styles After Your Spouse Comes Home

You just made it through six (or more) months of your spouse being on another continent — months of sleepless nights, screaming kids, household...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Worldschooling with the WildBradburys: Combat Loneliness on the Road

When I set out on this adventure, I was mostly concerned about the children's ability to make friends and feel included in this process....