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    Military Life Series: Bulletproof For A Better Military Marriage – Part 2 (Communication)

    In Part 1 of our discussion on Bulletproofing our Marriages so that they don’t get pummeled by the military lifestyle, we talked about trust and how important it is especially in a military relationship. Today it’s all about communication! Communication is so much more than what we typically think it is.  According to Sandy Fowler, co-creator of the communication product Your 4 Keys[1], when we think of communication we often think of it from a verbal or non verbal point of view.  In fact, the most important part of communication is actually deep within each of us.  It’s the one thing that is “all about you”.  Sounds crazy right, but not when…

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    7 Top Tips for Parenting Your Military Child (Because it’s different)

    Many of the parenting “experts” just don’t get what it’s like to be a military family. The fact is that being a parent to a military child is different and they need different coping skills that their civilian counter parts. From the time they are infants, our mil-kids must learn to adjust to new people, situations and environments like no other child does.   They have to learn to make friends quickly and say goodbye too often.  They must adjust to the times when their parent is gone on assignment, sometimes without much warning at all. For military families, birthdays, holidays and special milestones are different and it’s no surprise that you need to have a bigger bag of…

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    Military Life: The 7 Top Tips for Surviving The Rollercoaster Ride

    Sometimes the reality of our lives as a military family resembles a not so fun rollercoaster ride. Emotionally I feel like I’m a teenager in the midst of puberty, and physically I can’t plan anything beyond today because things in my military life keep changing. Ahhh but such is the life of this Army wife. And I know I’m not the only one. This week I watched (and helped) my neighbor prepare for her soldiers homecoming. The highs and lows she is going through is insane. A couple from our old unit is feeling much the same as they prepare for another deployment themselves. And for us, the only way to describe the stomach dropping feeling I get when my…

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    Military Life: Overcoming The Distance

    The reality of Military Life is that home is where they put us, challenges come up and the rewards are many. Military spouses are a resilient bunch, and most of the time I can honestly say I enjoy the new adventure that come with moving and knowing that “home” could be on a base anywhere in the world. But every now and then, I long to have a life with the same neighbors, the same doctors, the same friends and the same community. I long to be there for our nieces birthdays, nephews graduations, cousins weddings, family dinners, crowded holidays and even the chaos that all of those events bring. Last week when I was in the labor…

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    Military Life: Bittersweet extremes

    Have you ever had a day when over and over you are made aware of something you hadn’t really focused on previously? Somehow it just keeps showing up.  You see pictures, maybe the subject keeps popping up in conversation.  And it’s always in the strangest context. Well, yesterday was one of those days for me. From the moment I woke up and began my morning routine, the reality of my military life and the life of every other military spouse was, as they say, “in my face“. It started out with the sound of reveille at 0630 signaling a new day, followed closely by the shouting of a neighbor hustling her teen out the door to catch…