Category: Family & Relationships

30 December

Finding yourself facing an involuntary separation from the military can be a heartbreaking experience. You’ve invested years training or developing a skill set, received spotless performance evaluations, and have a clean disciplinary record only to find yourself being detached from a career that you love. Or, maybe you’re still serving on active duty and think […]

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23 December

Holiday spending is expected to reach an all-time high this year, raising both the profits for retailers and the stakes for families. But not everyone can afford to “keep up with the Kringles” when it comes to holiday celebrations. And, more importantly, not everyone wants to. Many families are taking holiday matters into their own hands, devising […]

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19 December

Deployment is an expected part of military life, but enduring those days apart never get easier, especially around key dates of the year. Military families are sharing creative ways to stay connected with a service member during  end-of-the-year holidays. Military spouses, Danielle Knight and Jenny Hyden, have experienced their husbands being deployed at least once […]

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04 November

In 2007, I sat down on my living room floor and opened my book for a night class I was taking at a local community college. The course was Astronomy. To my delight, 5 chubby little fingers started to comb the pages I was looking at. Staring at a world of stars, planets, and beautiful […]

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29 October

Dating, loving, and eventually marrying a service member can bring a flurry of butterflies. The uniform, the exotic PCS locations (29 Palms, am I right?!), and the pride that goes with standing next to your military loved one is incomparable. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, and military spouse, myself, I often have other military couples who […]

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21 October

I was 7 months pregnant, working full time and searching for a child care provider. As a first time parent, I was terrified to bring my daughter home (can you believe they let you leave the hospital with a newborn and no instruction manual?), but finding someone I trusted enough to leave her with all day while I […]

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20 August

A parent’s military deployment affects the children, no matter what age they are, including teenagers. And it’s often up to the remaining parent to deal with the fallout. Here are some helpful tips for helping teens cope.  Talk it Out Once you know there is an upcoming deployment, sit down as a family and discuss how […]

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30 July

The Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, Family Support is excited to introduce the DD Form 3054, EFMP Family Needs Assessment, or EFMP FNA. This newly standardized planning tool is now available across the Services to provide your family focused and consistent EFMP family support, regardless of where the military may take you. How the EFMP Family Needs Assessment […]

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23 July

Welcome to parenthood. Parenting can be the most rewarding and challenging job you’ll likely have. As a warrior, you’re trained to depend on a team and leave no service member behind.  As a new parent, you’ll be caregiver at home. But you’ll still need to depend on a team. Military OneSource is part of your […]

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17 July

Parenting is a perfect example of family readiness and resilience – it’s an “always-on” job. Like a military mission, responsible parenting requires attention, smarts, skills and support. Here are 19 tips to help you step up your parenting and improve your childrearing skills. Everyone wins with responsible parenting. 19 tips to step up your parenting […]

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