Category Archives: No Nonsense Parenting

Summer Camp- Tips to Prepare

Guest Post: 5 Tips for Preparing the Whole Family for Summer Camp More than 11 million children attend summer camp in the United States every year. For these kids, summer camp is an exciting and empowering experience that provides them … Continue reading

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4 Tips to Stay Connected Through Deployment

Guest Post and Photos From United Through Reading At United Through Reading, we work with military families who are doing their best to tough their way through deployments, annual training periods, or mobilizations — whatever pulls their service members away … Continue reading

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Military Kids- Definitely Not Brats – Post 1

The oldest of our Homefront sons graduated from high school last month.  It’s been a long and winding road.  He attended preschool in three different states: Hawaii, two different schools in Missouri, and Washington State.  He spent Kindergarten in Kansas, … Continue reading

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Deployment Diatribes on The Stir!

The Stir’s Cafe Mom is running a series on Motherhood and they put up a Deployment Diatribes Post.

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Strength Finds Me

Long after Horatio returned from his most recent 20+ month deployment, people still say they don’t know how we did it. Horatio gets looks of pity for having been away from his family for so long, and friends and acquaintances … Continue reading

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Down With Dinnertime Drama

Meal time is a struggle in kitchens across the country, if not across the globe.  Mine is no exception. I’ve been preparing meals for my children for 17 years and almost every evening, I dread the question, “what’s for dinner?”  … Continue reading

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Confusing Quest for Medical Care- Again

Rugby is a rough sport.  We know this.  Dwight loves it but knows the risks and the risks became a crushing reality 12 days ago when he took a direct blow to the left knee in the first junior varsity … Continue reading

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Chuck E Cheese’s, Without the Upchuck and Sneezes

Only in Taipei… The kids had two days off of school for Teacher Work Days last month, so a friend of mine, and parent of Harold’s best buddy, suggested an outing to Leo’s Playland.  It is located all the way … Continue reading

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Stop It With the Helicopter Parenting

Back off. Let kids fail; Let them fall from trees and get Bs and Cs. The era of the helicopter parent must end now. Parents are stifling their kids. The evidence is clear. Young adults are leaving home completely unprepared … Continue reading

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Backing off To Help Kids Jump Ahead

We usually start a new school year by giving our kids a clear list of guidelines, limits and expectations.  We are two weeks into the new year and are taking a decidedly different tack this time around. Our eldest, Zack, … Continue reading

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