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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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How to Simplify Your Christmas

Christmas. As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” However, for many of us, it also can be the most stressful time of the year. Besides all of our normal day to day activities and work, there is a multitude of other responsibilities to handle. Shopping for gifts, holiday parties, school parties, […]

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Raising Brave Kids in a Fearful World: 5 Things to STOP Doing Now

Raising Brave Kids in a Fearful World: 5 Things to STOP Doing Now

I once thrived on current events and the daily buzz of world news that streamed to my phone and television. Now, it seems that I wait with bated breath for the next news update that will take my breath away. Like many fellow parents, I’m concerned about how my child will eventually process these instances. […]

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Dealing with kids in public can be a challenge.

The Case for Chastising Your Kids in Public

“Thank You Momma.” The voice came from behind me. It was an unfamiliar voice, but it sounded like she was speaking to me. I turned, just enough to identify the speaker. Behind me was a woman, about my age. A boy about my own children’s ages was filling his cup beside her.  Our eyes met. […]

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Europe in the Fall: 5 Weekend Trips with Kids

Fall is my favorite season – I love the beautiful colors of the foliage, the cooler temperatures, and the calm in the schedule before the hectic pace of the holidays begins.  We’ve been stationed in Europe for the past 2 ½ years, and our family has been enjoying the change of seasons that we didn’t […]

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