deployed troops

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    Ma'am, yes, Ma'am! This drill sergeant mom kicks butt

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    Angela Lopez starts her day at 4 a.m. each morning. And from the time she wakes up until she gets home — she's lucky if she makes it...
  2. Mom & Dad

    Avoid calling me a single parent... I'm still married

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    When anyone asks me the most difficult part of military life, I always quickly say deployment. It’s the most talked about challenge...
  3. Mom & Dad

    How kids with deployed parents can embrace the holidays

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    While it's not always easy, adults can understand deployments and manage their challenges. For kids, however, it can be harder to...
  4. Mom & Dad

    Must-haves for every military holiday care package

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    The holidays will be here before you know it. And if you thought you had plenty of time to get everything just right for your...
  5. Mom & Dad

    Can a civilian spouse really empathize with a military wife?

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    When someone says, "I totally get how you feel," many times, they really don't. As a military wife, I often hear those types of...
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    How to deal with the holidays when your spouse is deployed

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    Not being near your loved ones during the holidays is a hard pill to swallow for anyone. Being a military family and living far away...
  7. Mom & Dad

    Why you should reach out to your Family Readiness Group

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    When the guys and gals leave for a tour of duty overseas it’s a tough time for all the spouses and family members. One of the most...
  8. Mom & Dad

    The knock: A military spouse's biggest fear

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    When my husband was on his second deployment to Iraq, I only had one friend who lived two doors down from me. We were similar in...
  9. Mom & Dad

    How I explained to my son why Daddy is in a war zone

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    Military deployments are never easy on families. Not only do military kids miss their parents who are deployed — they also worry...
  10. Mom & Dad

    6 Ways to keep the fire burning during deployments

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    When most military couples get married they typically have an idea of what's in store for them with the military lifestyle. However...
  11. Mom & Dad

    Military homecomings: It's not always like what you see on TV

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    Before I became a military wife I only knew about the homecomings I had seen in war movies. You know, the typical scene where said...
  12. Mom & Dad

    5 Things every military spouse needs to know about deployments

    Plain and simple — deployments suck for both the service member and their families. They are emotionally draining. And for a...
  13. Mom & Dad

    How to beat military spouse depression

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    Lately in the military community there has been a huge discussion surrounding a topic that previously had been taboo — depression...
  14. Mom & Dad

    5 Fun ways to help your child cope with deployment

    Deployments are hard for everyone in a military family. They are long and lonely for parents and the kids. For children of service...
  15. Mom & Dad

    Post-deployment reintegration

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    It's hard to believe my husband has been home for four weeks already. Having him back home has been wonderful as well as...
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    Deployment is over: Daddy's home!

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    As soon as we had 31 days left in our deployment countdown, I drew 31 hearts on our whiteboard in the kitchen. Each morning my son...
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    Preparing for the end of deployment with a tinge of sadness

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    Finally this deployment is coming to an end! I can't even begin to describe how excited I am. Honestly though, I feel a touch of...
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    The military wife vs. the single mom

    Mommy wars, competitions and judgments drive me insane. It never fails, I read a story about a single mom and her struggles or...