To the Burned Out Military Spouse Mama

To the Burned Out Military Spouse Mama

To the Burned Out Military Spouse Mama 3:30 in the afternoon. That is when it hit me the most. My husband was deployed, I had a two-year-old, and a baby, and 3:30 pm was the worst. We were pretty much done with our activities for the day, but 3:30 was too early to start dinner. What in the world do I do with these kids? How will I make it to bedtime? Once I get through that, I knew I would have some time to myself, as long as I could stay awake long enough to enjoy that much needed …

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6 Tips for Solo Parenting With Anxiety

Solo Parenting With Anxiety

6 Tips for Solo Parenting With Anxiety I hate solo parenting. I hate being the only parent in the house. I love having my husband there. Yes, I love having someone else that can help with the kids, but I also like having that other person to bounce ideas off of or to work through problems with. When he is gone, solo parenting gets to me. My anxiety goes up, and that makes solo parenting even harder than it could be. Over the years, I have found ways to make this part of military life easier for myself. I have …

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19 Solo Parenting Hacks to Use the Next Time Your Spouse Deploys

19 Solo Parenting Hacks to Use the Next Time Your Spouse Deploys

19 Solo Parenting Hacks to Use the Next Time Your Spouse Deploys Solo parenting is the pits. Being the only adult in charge can be challenging. Luckily, there are ways to make solo parenting a little bit easier. Here are some solo parenting hacks to use the next time your spouse deploys, or even just goes away for any amount of time. 1. Meal prep Planning out your meals is always a good idea. Then, when dinnertime comes around, you won’t be struggling with what to make. This will also save you money each week too. 2. Use your village …

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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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How to Have a Good Mother’s Day When You Are the Only Adult in the House

How to Have a Good Mother's Day When You Are the Only Adult in the House

How to Have a Good Mother’s Day When You Are the Only Adult in the House Mother’s Day, 2007. My husband was in Iraq, and I was home with my almost six-month-old and two-year-old. These kids were not old enough to even know that Mother’s Day was supposed to be a special day. I got it into my head that this was going to be a special day anyway. We were going to go to church and then we were going to go to brunch. So that is what I attempted to do. Only. I had a six-month-old and a …

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To the Military Spouse Who is Solo Parenting for the First Time

To the Military Spouse Who is Solo Parenting for the First Time

To the Military Spouse Who is Solo Parenting for the First Time My son was 13 months old when my husband left for Germany to start his Army career, leaving us behind in Kentucky to join him as soon as possible. Other than a trip to my parent’s house when my son was five months old, my husband had always been around to co-parent with me. Then he was gone, across the ocean and I became a solo parent. I was lucky. At that time I would put my son down at 7 pm and he would sleep until 7 am. …

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5 Reasons Why Summer Gets Difficult When You Are Solo Parenting

5 Reasons Why Summer Gets Difficult When You Are Solo Parenting

I have spent many summers without my husband. I was thinking this morning of the different ways not having your husband home during the summer can make life more difficult than it normally would be. Since my husband is going to be home for a few days during the summer, I am reminded of what I am able to do just because here is here and what I have to do when he isn’t. I am reminded of deployment years and those summers and how difficult they became because I was solo parenting. I have learned to make the summer …

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7 Activities You Can Do With Your Kids When Your Spouse Isn’t Home On The Weekend

7 Activities You Can Do With Your Kids When Your Spouse Isn't Home On The Weekend

  When my husband is gone during the work week, it is usually fine. Unless I have a really bad day or something like that, I can usually get through it with out a lot crying or feeling too lonely. I am pretty busy with the boys, work, and the house. I can feel as if I have this solo parenting thing down pat. The weekends are another story. Having your husband gone during the weekends whether they are deployed, gone for training, CQ or have a job that takes them away is very difficult. What works during the week might …

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