Creating Meaningful Holiday Traditions as a Military Family

December 4, 2023

The most wonderful time of year is fast approaching, and holiday family traditions are on our minds! Some stores are already advertising and selling holiday decorations, cookware, and supplies. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. However, I remember from my childhood in…...

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ASYMCA Military Spouse Symposium Recap

November 8, 2023

Life in the military can be challenging for spouses’ careers, with frequent relocations and military demands often interrupting professional paths. As a dedicated supporter of junior enlisted military families, the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides help for military spouses in advancing their educational and career-oriented goals. Having personally experienced these…...

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How to Build a Business as a Military Spouse Entrepreneur

November 7, 2023

Throughout my journey as a military spouse, I’ve come to realize that versatility is my greatest superpower. During the seven years of my husband’s contract and having four children, we have mostly survived on one solid income. This was quite an adjustment — not just financially but emotionally as well.…...

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Military Retirement: A Military Spouse’s Bittersweet Farewell

November 6, 2023

When my husband volunteered for his first deployment, I remember thinking… I’m not ready for this. When orders came down for recruiting duty, I remember thinking… I’m not ready for this. When we moved yet again after I found a job I loved, I remember thinking… I’m not ready for…...

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Fall Travel Ideas for Military Families

October 25, 2023

The weather is growing colder, leaves are starting to change colors, and days are growing shorter — the season of fall is quickly approaching. Why not seize the opportunity presented by the cooler weather and beautiful scenery to make some travel plans with your family this autumn? Here are a…...

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How Operation Kid Comfort Helped My Military Family: Part 1

October 24, 2023

  There is nothing quite like wrapping up in a personalized cozy blanket; the reassuring weight and warmth of a hand-sewn quilt, combined with being surrounded by images of loved ones, creates a comfort seldom found elsewhere. Since so many military families endure long-term duty related separation, especially during deployments,…...

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What It Means to Visit Relatives for a Military Family

October 23, 2023

With frequent moves, many military families find themselves miles apart from their loved ones and extended family throughout the year. This separation can be even more pronounced during the holidays, leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness. That’s why family visits — especially during the holidays — are vital to…...

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A Military Mom's Postpartum Journey

August 31, 2023

Bringing home a baby can be overwhelming. I know that I’ve had my fair share of anxiety, confusion, and helplessness during my postpartum period, but I have also learned so much about myself through this journey. When military life is thrown into the mix, the challenges of dealing with postpartum…...

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Tips for Homeschooling Your Military Child - 2023

August 10, 2023

  Whether the reason is compromised immune systems, personal or religious beliefs, or a sense of inadequate care, more and more parents are choosing to homeschool. In fact, homeschooling enrollment has increased 30 percent1 since the pandemic. Many military families are embracing homeschooling as a non-traditional educational approach to maintain…...

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5 Ways Operation Little Learners Helped My Military Kid

August 8, 2023

  Did you know that the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) offers free preschool for military families? Operation Little Learners is a military preschool program offered at many ASYMCA locations across the country. Military mom, Julianna Burson shares her first-hand experiences during the 2.5 years that her little one attended the…...

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