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    10 Things Parents NEED to Know About Raising Kids

    Raising kids is the toughest job you will ever love. Whether you are a military family or not you as a parent will always wonder if you are doing a good job. From the moment you find out that you have a baby on board everything changes. What you eat and drink, even how you think about your future and your entire life.  Then when they are born, you are responsible for another human beings needs. You are responsible for guiding them and showing them everything from how to walk to how to talk. Your children are your biggest worry and your greatest joy. And everything in between. Over the last week I’ve watched…

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    Is Being Polite REALLY that Hard?

    Is it really THAT hard? I used to just shake my head when someone didn’t hold a door or say pardon me. I also used to see manners on display far more than I saw the rudeness. But more and more I’m finding that people are in their own little bubbles and they aren’t aware that their behavior and attitude affects the people around them. So I ask again, is it REALLY that hard? Is it really THAT hard to say excuse me, share a smile or engage in some small talk?  Is it REALLY that hard to teach your children manners, and for goodness sake is it REALLY that hard…

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    PTSD and It’s Effect on my Military Dependent

    Well as someone who believes that transparency is such an important part of blogging,  it is time for the Direction Diva to Bare it all… But while I will not bare my booty figuratively speaking, I will get “naked” with you by letting you see the reality of my life during what I have to say was the most difficult thing I have ever been through. You see up until a few months ago my son seemed like the typical healthy 19 year old attending college at Texas Tech University on various scholarships.  He had friends, enjoyed the freedom and seemed to be adjusting well. We were finally settling into the empty…

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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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    Mother’s Poem: I Will Hold You Always

    Mother’s Poem: I Will Hold You Always by Judy Davis I held you the moment you entered this world, I held you as you took your first steps. I held you as you struggled to ride a bike, And I held my tears as you walked into school that very first time. I held my hands in prayer as you held the keys to my car, I held your heart when it was breaking. I held my breath as you opened that letter, I held my head high when your dream became a reality. I held back my sadness as you began your new life, I held my tongue when you knew more than I. I…

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    Parenting: The Transition to Adulthood

    This week has been somewhat like a trip to Disneyland only without the crazy prices for a bottle of water 🙂 . You know how it goes, the weeks of anticipation as you prepare.  The excitement as you see Mickey’s ears for the first time. The full days that leave you exhausted but happy deep inside. The stress. And that comfort you feel when you know that your time and effort was all worthwhile. Yes indeed just like Disney. And like  Disney, I feel as if I’m on a roller coaster. I came to help my daughter and son-in-law move into their first home. The home my granddaughter will come to…