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“Military Brat:” Helpful or Harmful?

I grew up living the life of a “military brat.” My dad served in the Air Force for twenty years. We used the term “military brat” as did everyone else we knew. It wasn’t in an offensive way, it merely let the world know who we were: children of military members. This was important since so many […]

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Knowing and Setting Your Limits as a Wife, Mother and Friend

Recently, a friend asked me to come over and help her babysit. She’d agreed to babysit another friend’s two children. I immediately said yes with absolutely no hesitation. I wanted to help her. And I did. But that request turned into another. She asked me to take over the babysitting job entirely. She felt overwhelmed taking care of […]

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PCSing with an Exceptional Family Member

Recently, my husband’s military record changed to reflect that he now has an “exceptional family member.” Prior to the diagnosis, nothing appeared amiss. Afterwards, I experienced an array of emotions ranging from shock and anger to hurt and fear. We denied. I cried. But, as all military families do, we pulled through. I kept my husband updated when he called (since […]

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Expanding Your Tribe As a Military Mom

Every mother needs a tribe: Other mothers who understand her; who don’t judge her; and who are willing to lend their support and time when needed. But for military mothers, who move every few years, finding a tribe can be downright daunting.  Most bases host a new spouses’ orientation briefing to acclimate spouses to the base and city. Often, I’ve tried these, […]

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