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Family and Parenting in the Military

A wide range of articles, tips and suggestions to help military families make the most of this unique lifestyle. Base activities, camps for military kids and resources for parents are among the topics covered here.
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Schools and Educational Options for Military Kids
Research and learn about the various educational options available to military kids. Material includes information and resources pertaining to DoDEA schools, public and private schools, and homeschooling.

Camps for Military Kids
Numerous camps, many of which are free, are available specifically for military kids of all ages. Learn more about the various programs and how your child can benefit from them.

Choosing A Summer Camp for Your Kids
Save yourself and your child from experiencing any unnecessary stress and frustration. Learn how you can help ensure that your child has a positive camp experience.

Horses4Heroes Serves the Entire Military Family
Horses4Heroes offers numerous recreational, educational and health and wellness riding programs for the entire military family. Learn more about this wonderful organization and how they serve adults and kids ages 2 and up.

FAQ About Horses4Heroes
Get answers to commonly asked questions about Horses4Heroes. Material includes information about their various programs for kids and adults, membership details, locations of facilities and much more.

Facilities that Offer Horses4Heroes
Numerous riding facilities throughout the United States offer various Horses4Heroes programs for the entire military family. Find a facility near you.

Books and Educational Activities for Military Kids
Browse through this wide variety of books and educational activities for military kids of all ages.

How Did You Explain September 11 To Your Kids?
Many parents are searching for ways on how to explain September 11 to their kids. Share how you handled this complex topic.

Explaining September 11 To Military Kids
Kids have a knack for asking tough questions about complex subjects. If you're searching for suggestions on how to explain September 11 to your child, these tips may help.

Pledge of Allegiance History and Interesting Facts
Learn about the history of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Operation Homefront Provides Free School Supplies to Military Kids
Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade program provides backpacks and free school supplies to military kids.

Back to School - Do You Look Forward To or Dread the Start of a New School Year?
Do you look forward to or dread the start of a new school year? Share your thoughts and opinions and read what other parents have to say on the subject of sending their kids back to school.

Thank a Military Child
Show your support for America's military children. Send a thank-you message to a military child and let them know you much you appreciate all the sacrifices they make.

Month of the Military Child 2011 Events and Activities
April is Month of the Military Child. Find events and activities that honor and celebrate America's military kids.

Operation Kid Comfort Consoles Military Kids of Deployed Servicemembers
ASYMCA's Operation Kid Comfort provides free photo-transfer quilts or pillows to military kids of deployed servicemembers. Learn how you can request a quilt or pillow for your child.

Financial Assistance for Military Families
Many financial assistance programs are available to military families. Learn about the various resources available to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and their dependents.

Support Groups for Parents of Servicemembers
Connect with other moms and dads through these Support groups for parents with a child in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.

Blue Star Mothers of America - Chapter Locations
The Blue Star Mothers of America is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the troops and promoting patriotism. To find a chapter near you simply select your state from this list.

Operation Purple - Free Summer Camp for Military Kids
Operation Purple, a free week-long summer camp provided through the National Military Family Association (NMFA),offers military kids a chance to escape the stress that often accompanies the military lifestyle.

TRICARE and DEERS
Answers to commonly asked questions about the military's health care insurance program TRICARE, along with information about DEERS enrollment.

Scholarships and Grants for Military Kids
Organizations and foundations offering scholarships and grants to military kids.

When Your Child Leaves for Basic Training or Bootcamp
Your child signed their enlistment contract and took their oath. Now what? For parents of servicemembers, knowing what to expect often helps reduce anxiety and unravel the mystery of basic training.

Free Online Tutoring for Military Kids
The Department of Defense has created a program that offers free online tutoring to military kids. Professionals are available 24/7 to help K-12 students with a variety of subjects.

How Do I Explain My Deployment to My Kids?
For many military parents, explaining their deployment to their children is a task they don't take lightly. Numerous resources are available to help you determine the best way to share your news.

Military Deployment - How Did You Explain Deployment To Your Child?
How did you explain an upcoming deployment to your child? Help other military parents by sharing your wisdom and tips.

Retreats for Military Couples and Family Members
The military lifestyle can take a toll on marriages and family members. These retreats and workshops aim to help strengthen the family bonds.

April - Month of the Military Child
April is Month of the Military Child. Find out what you can do to pay tribute to these young heroes.

Military Books for Children
Military books written specifically for children are an excellent resource to help parents explain deployments, PCSing and the military lifestyle. Browse through the selection and find a children's book for your military child.

Childcare Assistance for Kids of Wounded Servicemembers
Learn about a program that provides financial childcare help to families of injured servicemembers.

Scholarships and Grants - Improve Your Odds of Becoming a Recipient
When applying for scholarships and grants, give yourself a competitive edge by following these five tips.

Create A Deployment Memory Box
Memory boxes are an excellent way to preserve deployment keepsakes and memorabilia. Learn how to create a memory box that you and your descendents will treasure.

Program Seeks Sponsors to Help Military Families
Have you ever wanted to help a military family? Learn how you can become a sponsor and provide much-needed help to military families.

Army Emergency Relief – Financial Assistance for Soldiers and their Dependents
Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides soldiers and their dependents with financial assistance. Learn to how to apply for AER help.

Our Military Kids Offers Grants to Children of Reservists and Guardsmen
Our Military Kids provides grants for military children of deployed servicemembers in the National Guard and Reserve component. The funds are designed to help pay for youth programs and activities.

Marines Toys for Tots Program
The Marines Toys for Tots program is an excellent way for military families who are in the midst of a financial hardship to give their child a new toy for Christmas. Learn how to request a toy from the Marines Toys for Tots program in your area.

Get an Energy Boost by Drinking Water
Need an energy boost? Drink water. Staying hydrated by drinking water will help increase your energy and assist you in fighting fatigue. Learn aboout the benefits of drinking water so that you can maintain a high energy level - a necessity for busy military spouses.

Sleep Tips for Busy Military Spouses
Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on a military spouse's physical, emotional and mental health. Whether your spouse is home or deployed, learn how to get more sleep and avoid sleep deprivation with these tips.

Avoid Sleep Deprivation
Many busy military spouses will forego sleep in order to squeeze more time into their day. However, sleep deprivation can lead to numerous health-related ailments. Learn about the importance of sleep and why getting adequate sleep is crucial to your overal health and well-being.

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?
Is your child getting enough sleep? Too much sleep? Discover how much sleep kids aged one to 17 need.

Resources and Support for Military Spouses, Children and Servicemembers
Resources and support for military families. Learn about all phases of deployments; time management and stress management tips for military spouses; building a support network and information for military children.

Deployment Advice – Take What You Like and Leave the Rest
Military spouses are often barraged with well-meaning deployment advice. Here are a few stratetigies to help you decipher and sift through all incoming deployment advice, tips and wisdom that's sure to come your way before, during and after the deployment.

Military Spouses Share Deployment Advice - What's the Best Advice You've Ever...
Deployments are never easy on military spouses, however, thanks to excellent advice passed along from other military spouses the separation can be made easier and a bit more bearable. What's the best deployment advice you've ever received? Share your wisdom, tips and suggestions with other military spouses.

Spreading Holiday Cheer
Ways to help brighten the holidays for servicemembers and military families.

TRICARE Dental Program
The TRICARE Dental Program, administered by United Concordia is a discounted dental insurance program that's available to military families. Coverage varies, depending on your needs. Options include insuring one member or the entire family.

How To Request a Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate
Birth certificates are an important document to keep on hand. You'll need to acquire a replacement if yours--or your spouse's or child's--has been lost, stolen, soiled or destroyed.

Free Activities Help Military Kids Learn About the U.S. Constitution
Teaching military kids about the U.S. Constitution is simplified with this free, online, interactive program.

Helping Kids Cope With a PCS Move
Tips and suggestions to help reduce a military child's stress and anxiety before, during and after making a PCS move.

Keeping Family Ties Strong During Deployment
For deployed military, staying connected to family back home and keeping relationships strong is hard. This article includes many helpful strategies

How to Build a Strong Military Marriage
Military marriages undergo an immense amount of stress and strain. But with direct communication, honesty, and affection, it’s not impossible.

Dual Military Marriages: Can They Work?
Dual military marriages can and do work. But it takes planning, flexibility, and mutual support--like any other assignment. This guide will help.

A Servicemember’s PTSD Affects the Whole Family
One in four veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from PTSD. But they're not alone. Their spouse and children are affected too.

Making Living Overseas Easier for Military Families

What You Should Know about PCS Moves
Moving is a regular part of military life The process can sometimes be frustrating, confusing, and even frightening. The following tips will help.

Financial Support for Active Military Members
Military personnel and their families have a wide range of financial tools. This article will help keep financial troubles from becoming nightmares

Taking the Stress Out of Moving
If you're in the military, you're going to move. A lot.This guide can take the stress out of military moves and make you a PCS expert

Travel and Relocation for Military Kids
International military moves can be confusing, particularly if you’re new to the process. Read on to find out what to do before the relocation begins.

Summer Camps for Military Kids
Summer camp can be a great thing for your kid, no matter what his or her age might be. From adventure to making friends, your child will benefit greatly. Even if you can’t get into a camp this year, there are plenty of campgrounds around the country that offer military discounts (even free camping), so explore your options.

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