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To quote Gustave Flaubert, “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Even children can become humble during their travels. Below are eight lessons your kids will learn from traveling.
Though Europe is the perfect location to knock off some bucket-list worthy adventures with your girlfriends or
Whether you’re worried about random acts of terror, criminal targeting or performing your unofficial ambassador duties, as a U.S. servicemember, civilian or dependent you have a responsibility to protect yourself while living abroad.
Growing up as a military kid, you develop a love-hate relationship with moving so frequently. As you get older, it is easy to say that you’ve moved enough and you’re tired of it. Going to university is a perfect excuse to say you’ll be settling down for a solid four years.
Some parents elect to homeschool their children while OCONUS. This is a legal option open to all SOFA sponsored active duty military, DOD civilians, and contractors. No state or federal government permission is required. 
Even though it's known as "the most wonderful time of the year," the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas can also be the most exhausting and trying.
Norman Rockwell’s oil painting, “Freedom from Want,” is an iconic representation of the American holiday meal. Grandpa is standing at the head of a long table while Grandma makes room for the massive roasted bird, and multiple generations sit around them — elbow to elbow — in eager anticipation.
Often military families are so preoccupied with the logistics of PCSing, that the academic needs of the child gets overlooked. Here are a few quick tips to help your child have a smooth take-off from their current school, and a soft landing in his/her new school.
Are you a parent who works long hours? A single parent? A parent with several children? Or just one of the many busy parents trying to keep up with the demands of everyday life?
With leaves rapidly changing to vibrant colors and chilly brisk mornings, autumn has arrived in Germany. What better way to celebrate the changing of seasons than with a festival! Held twice a year, the Lauterer Kerwe in downtown Kaiserslautern opens Oct. 19 and will run through Oct. 29.
Have a little one going into kindergarten next year? Check out these 10 fast facts about DODEA's program:
1. Kindergarten is a full day program.
2. Kindergarten enrollment is not required. It is a parent decision.
Families stationed in Europe typically send their children to the Department of Defense Education Activity Schools. Access the DODEA Eligibility Information.
Here it is!! The big day. You may be really excited about this or really nervous. Just remember – there is a whole group of new people, not just you, so you don’t need to feel like they are all staring at you.
Growing up in a crafty family, I caught the craze at an early age. Grandma introduced me to quilting by showing me how to sew the fabric squares together on the machine. Mom preferred no-sew fabric crafts, so I helped her make decoupage creations to sell at craft fairs.
Electronics and technology have essentially become an easy button for entertainment and communicating. I know I’m guilty. I could easily spend a day perusing Pinterest Boards and watching the latest cat-dressed-as-a-shark-riding-a-Roomba video on YouTube.
Deployments are never easy, no matter if it is your first, or if you and your spouse have weathered a few assignments together.