When You Feel Like Your Military Children Are Missing Out

When You Feel Like Your Military Children Are Missing Out

When You Feel Like Your Military Children Are Missing Out I remember feeling so torn during our first deployment. I didn’t want to do this Military life thing anymore. I didn’t want my kids to be without their dad. I didn’t want there to be so many pages of my scrapbook where dad was missing. I started wondering if military life was worth the cost. Was it worth it for my kids to miss so much? I started wondering if despite my husband’s desire to serve, that our family needed to come first and that he shouldn’t do this anymore. That …

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16 Ways You Know You Are Raising Children In A Military Family

16 Ways You Know You Are Raising Children In A Military Family

16 Ways You Know You Are Raising Children In A Military Family I had exactly 13 months of raising children before we became a military family. When my husband joined the military in 2005, our oldest son was only a little over a year. All the parenting I have done after that has been within military life and culture, at least to some extent. April is the month of the military child, here are 16 ways to know that you are raising children in a military family: 1. None of your children were born in the same place! One in …

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10 Memes for the Military Spouse With Children

10 Memes for the Military Spouse With Children Did you know that April is the month of the military child? A time to reflect on and appreciate our young military “brats” and all they have to deal with. A time to think about how they conquer the battles and disappointments that come with military life. A time to remember all the fun memories you have made with them through the years, simply because one of their parents is a service member. Here are 10 memes for the military spouse with children. All about raising the next generation through the hurdles …

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The Reality of Raising Children Away From Family

The Reality of Raising Children Away From Family

The Reality of Raising Children Away From Family When your spouse joins the military, one of the things you have to be okay with is raising your children away from family. You won’t always be stationed close to home. You might be across the country, or even the ocean from everything you have ever known. This can be hard to adjust to and even harder to accept. The reality of raising children away from family can feel so upsetting sometimes. If you have an idea in your head of what type of role your family has when you have your …

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It Doesn’t Matter if You Have Small Children, Your Husband Still Has to Go

It Doesn't Matter if You Have Small Children, Your Husband Still Has to Go

It Doesn’t Matter if You Have Small Children, Your Husband Still Has to Go Raising children is one of those things you can’t plan for. You can decide when you want to start having children, but you don’t know when they will come, how many you will have, and what their personalities might be. One baby could be extra fussy and the other quieter. Your easy baby could become a difficult toddler and throw you off your game. As a military spouse, military life can bring extra challenges. You might wonder if your husband will even be there for the …

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To My Children Born After 9/11

To My Children Born After 9/11

To My Children Born After 9/11 On 9/11, I was in college. I didn’t become a mom until a few years later. Anyone who remembers 9/11 is probably at least 19 years old. The other day, I was taking my boys to Wendy’s for some frostys, and I started talking to them about 9/11 and how everything changed. That got me thinking about what we can tell our children, the ones that don’t remember the world before everything changed. The ones for whom the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the norm. The ones for whom terrorism has always been …

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6 Reasons Why Deployments Can Be So Difficult With Small Children

Deployment

6 Reasons Why Deployments Can Be So Difficult With Small Children Deployments with children are all I have ever known. When my husband joined the Army, we had a 13-month-old. My husband left for Germany, and we stayed behind waiting for our Command Sponsorship. This pushed me right into the solo parenting role and one I never expected I would be in.   Over the years, I have been through four deployments as well as plenty of other separations where I had to parent alone. I have always felt this was a bit of a deployment weakness for me. Being both …

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What If My Children Want to Join the Military?

What If My Children Want to Join the Military?

What If My Children Want to Join the Military? As I look at my military children, I wonder what they will do in the future. Will any of them join the military too? Will they marry someone who does? Will their lives look anything like their own life did growing up? Over the years I have heard them say that they want to be like Daddy. Does that mean they will follow in his footsteps and become a soldier too? Will growing up in a military family and military community sway them to this life? Will their child all be …

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On Buying Christmas Gifts For Your Children

On Buying Christmas Gifts For Your Children

On Buying Christmas Gifts For Your Children Tis the season for buying Christmas gifts for your children. The stores are having sales, your kids are making Christmas lists and it is easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. You remember Christmas as a kid and you want to make Christmas for your kid just as special as you remember your childhood Christmases being. In some cases you might want to be doing more since you might not have the best memories when you were growing up. How do you decide what to give your kids? How do you make Christmas …

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How My Role As A Military Spouse Affects My Children

Military Spouse with Children

How My Role As A Military Spouse Affects My Children I have never been a Military spouse without children. My husband joined after we had been married three years. We had a 13 month old boy at the time. I have only ever known the Military life that included kids. I don’t know what it is like for my husband to be gone and not have anyone to take care of or look after. It just isn’t my exeperience as a Military spouse. As I look back on the past 10 years of being a Military spouse, I have to wonder …

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