How to Get Through a Deployment With Toddlers

How to Get Through a Deployment With Toddlers

How to Get Through a Deployment With Toddlers Deployment #2, my husband left, and it was just me, my two-year-old, and my four-year-old. A deployment with two toddlers. If you have ever had a toddler, you know how much work they can be. Toddlers are a handful, even the easy ones. And here I was home with two of them, with my husband too many miles away. I was a SAHM and didn’t have a spouse coming home at the end of the day. I didn’t have a spouse who could watch the kids for 15 minutes so that I …

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Santa’s Dog and Bandana Giveaway

Santa'a Dog

Santa’s Dog and Bandana Giveaway If you caught me on social media in September, you might have seen a post about Santa’s Dog. This book was written by JoAnn Sky and illustrated by Ed Koehler. JoAnn has offered up an awesome giveaway for my readers 🙂 Santa’s Dog is a rhyming story about the adventures of Santa’s best dog, Lance. He falls from the sleigh on Christmas Eve and is taken in by the animal shelter and then brought home by a military family who needs some help as Dad is called to serve his country. When Christmas Eve comes, …

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7 Must Have Baby Products For Your New Baby

7 Must Have Baby Products For Your New Baby

7 Must Have Baby Products For Your New Baby This post is sponsored by the Breastfeeding Shop Getting ready for a new baby is always a whole lot of fun and with a new baby comes new baby products. Some you need, some you don’t. When you go to register for your baby shower, you can become quite overwhelmed by everything that is out there. What kind of stroller should you get? Which type of crib? Do you even need to buy a swing? There are so many options! And while it is true you don’t need everything, even if …

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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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Deployment One of Our Pieces is Missing by Julia Cook

Deployment One of Our Pieces is Missing by Julia Cook If you are raising military children you might always be on the lookout for books that can help them through the challenges of military life, such as deployments. I was sent one of these books for review! Deployment One of Our Pieces is Missing by national award-winning children’s author, Julia Cook, Illustrated by Tamara Campeau is a fantastic way to explore deployments from a child’s point of view. The book goes with the idea that everyone in the family is a puzzle piece. I like this because families do have to work together, …

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101 Things to Do With Your Kids During a Deployment

101 Things to Do With Your Kids During a Deployment So your spouse just deployed and you and your kids are in for a long journey. You look at how many months you have to get through, and you want to cry. How will you deal with this? How will you be able to stay busy enough to make it through? If you have children, they will keep you busy. But sometimes you might need some ideas. Especially as the deployment goes on. Here are 101 things you can do with your kids during a deployment: 1.  Create a deployment …

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A Letter To My Son With Autism On World Autism Awareness Day

A Letter To My Son With Autism On World Autism Awareness Day

A Letter To My Son With Autism On World Autism Awareness Day In January of 2012, we sat in the doctor’s office and heard what we had suspected about our then five-year-old son. After three or four months of testing, meeting with the doctor, and answering questions about him, our son was diagnosed with Asperger’s. As we were waiting to hear what his diagnosis was, I did my own research and came to the same conclusion. It was the only thing that made any sense. My biggest fear going into that appointment was not that he would tell me what was …

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How Going Through a Long Deployment Shaped My Parenting

How Going Through a Long Deployment Shaped My Parenting

How Going Through a Long Deployment Shaped My Parenting When my husband deployed for the first time my oldest son was 23 months old and I was 25 weeks pregnant. I was a new mom with some parenting experience under my belt. I was still learning a lot, and we were slowly leaving the baby stage. And just like that, it was just my son and me. A few months later our 2nd little boy was born. My husband came home for R&R and met him when he was three days old. He left again when he was almost three …

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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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12 Memes About Military Kids

12 Memes About Military Kids

12 Memes About Military Kids April is the month of the military child. These boys and girls live a different type of life but they are resilient and can benefit from military life too. Here are 12 means about parenting and military children.   It’s hard to plan when you don’t know where you will be living in a few years.   Yep, sometimes with these kids, cereal is the best thing to serve for dinner.   This really is one of the hardest parts. You need to be there to comfort your child when they are missing their mom or …

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