Time is a precarious thing, most especially for us as parents living a life in the military. It either can’t pass quickly enough (deployments and Mondays as a SAHM), or it slips right through our fingers (what do you mean my baby...
Alcohol. Illicit drugs. Those were not my preferred vices. I preferred the socially acceptable one. The one that no one questioned. The one that was rewarded, which of course, fueled my desire for this even more.  “You’re like a real...
Military families quickly become accustomed to living far away from their family members and loved ones. The distance is challenging in the best of times, but what happens if a close family member becomes ill or is diagnosed with cancer...
If you have ever lived or been stationed near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, you know "the mountain." It is Mount Rainier, the snowy volcano that towers at over 14,000 feet in elevation. It is the tallest mountain in...
Are you worried about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine? With all states on board to approve anyone 16+ by May 1st, people are talking about it: whether they'll get it, which vaccine they'll get, and how bad the side effects are...
Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. Preparing a good meal while traveling used...
One of my favorite phrases from my time in the Marine Corps is "soup sandwich."  Soup sandwich is used to describe any situation that's a hot mess. Whether you are active duty, a spouse, or a parent, being involved in...
My 9-year-old daughter just entered a drawing contest.  The theme is, “my favorite place in the world."   While she was thinking which place to draw, my mind started pondering where in this world have I felt like saying that...
IT'S STORY TIME!  To celebrate the resiliency of our military children, we joined with a few of our favorite children's book authors to read their books live every week for Month of the Military Child.  Grab your kids, and let's enjoy...
  How do you have confidence in your parenting when you can’t even know if it’s safe to take a walk in your neighborhood with a friend, or if you should be doubling up your masks? Recently I was reminded that...
Men and women who wore our nation’s uniform continue to answer the call of duty after returning home. They make a difference in their communities across the country, and their stories deserve to be told.  That's why we are partnering...
“8:00 am on a Saturday?!?” I asked incredulously. As my friend reassured me that she really enjoyed getting her daughter out the door for soccer, I just assumed that either she was lying to me or she was slightly insane....

Military Lifestyle

Changing My Perception (and Yours) of the Key Spouse Program

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The term “Key Spouse” (or even just "spouse") can sometimes bring up some unfavorable feelings. But how many of us really know what a Key...