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    Parenting your Teenager: 3 Things I Wish Knew

    Parenting your teenager. Looking back there are so many things I wish I had done differently as a parent. Don’t get me wrong I am a great mom, but there are times when I wish I had known better. From the moment we hold them in our arms we are responsible for our child’s physical and emotional well-being. For me, an expert on best practices for parenting your teenager, this was no small realization. I worried, and wondered and as they grow, I was torn between my desire for them to stay young and my wish that they would grow up already. After years of teaching, nurturing and disciplining, our babies hit the teen years and…

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    How Your Challenges Make You A Stronger Person

    Life is full of challenges especially when we are hit with something unexpected. But this Direction Diva is here to tell you that no matter what your challenges are, they will make you a stronger person if you let them. For most of us, when life takes a twist and our daily lives are more difficult than normal, we want to move through the situation quickly. We just want to get it over with and move on – and the sooner the better, right? Our thoughts begin to focus on how much better life would be if our current situation had never happened in the first place. Sometimes, I wonder if that’s really true. Would we really be better off if we never had to deal with…

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    3 Self-help Strategies To Stop Worry Now

    I, military spouse, Judy Davis, The Direction Diva am a worrier. There I said it. I am a worrier and have to work hard to ensure that it doesn’t consume my thoughts. Ever since becoming a military spouse worry has become part of my life. It quietly works its way into the cracks of my mind and quietly lies in wait, hoping for a moment of weakness. And I’m not alone. Ever since the launch of my first book Right Side Up, I have received emails, tweets & questions asking how I handle worry and balance it with my military lifestyle.   Worry seems to be something that we all struggle with at different times to varying degrees. Here are 3 strategies…

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    Military Life: 2 Simple Questions That Stop Military Spouse Gossip

    People love to stir things up and focus on all that is going wrong – in someone else’s military life. We live in a society that thrives on reality T.V., gossip and rumors. As a stress relief expert, I can’t tell you how many milspouses’ contact me through the blog or via my facebook page asking me how to stop the gossip and drama that seems to permeate through our community.  There is nothing that frustrates me more than hearing fellow military spouses offer each other up to the gossip mongers. Sadly, the gossip monger reared it’s ugly head right here in my own back yard. Right here on my post. Right here in my military community. Right in the middle…

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    Want Your Children to Succeed? Stop Asking This Question

    From the time we are children we are asked the question “What do you want to be when you grow up”?  We ask our toddlers, we ask our tweens and we pressure our high school seniors to “choose” a life path so they can succeed. Our children are encouraged to pick a career, find their direction and fulfill their purpose. But this Direction Diva isn’t sure that pushing our children to decide what they want to be so early in life really will help them succeed. Since launching our new teen initiative DASIUM , I’m seeing more and more high school and college age kids torn between multiple interests and the pressure to choose. They are told that they…

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    6 Super Easy Steps to Get Back on Track

    I don’t know about you but it’s really easy for this Direction Diva to get off track with my thinking if I’m not careful. And this week it’s been tough to get my mindset focused where it needs to be. Every channel, station and feed is filled with controversy either about politics, terrorism and the American Sniper movie. Today the latest reports are that some people feel that this movie is now responsible for the latest terror threats. These threats already have many of us in the military community on high alert and tuning in, so the fuel on the fire is making it even harder to get away from. This morning I had a conversation with a…