Nurturing Is For Men Too

Many men in our fast-paced, production-oriented culture have no experience of what being truly nurtured feels like.  Being able to nurture yourself is the heart of renewal. The nurturing process is essential to an open, clear, free mind, as well as being the foundation for a supple, resilient, unstressed physical body, and for emotional stability. […]

Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, and Jeanne Chandler

Guests: Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, and Jeanne Chandler
Topics covered:

  • The Army’s Ready and Resilient Program
  • The Army’s commitment to military families
  • A candid, personal discussion of how the Chandlers struggled, coped with, and overcame the SMA’s PTSD, and the support and resources that are available to other families facing the same issues.

Additional important resources:
http://www.army.mil/readyandresilient/
http://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/
http://www.army.mil/news/health/
http://www.preventsuicide.army.mil/
http://www.myarmyonesource.com

Armin Brott is the father of three, a former U.S. Marine, and an internationally recognized authority on fatherhood. He’s the author of eight bestselling books on fatherhood, including “The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads” and “The Expectant Father.” His radio show, “Positive Parenting,” has been heard on more than a dozen stations throughout the US for more than 15 years. “Positive Parenting for Military Families” has been on AFN for nearly two years.

Armin is dedicated to giving dads and moms tools, support, and strategies they can use to be the best possible parents.

He has worked with Marine and Navy SEAL families in various locations, and has spoken at numerous Congressional briefings and health conferences about deployment, reintegration, and many other issues facing military families.

When Mom and Dad are the Problem + Labeled Kids + Surviving Deployment

[amazon asin=1937134180&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest: 1: Vicki Hoefle, author of Duct Tape Parenting.
Topic: A less-is-more approach to raising respectful, responsible, resilient kids.
Issues: Why helicopter mothers and fathers are bad for kids; why it’s important for moms and dads to sit on their hands and stay on the sidelines so that children can step up, solve their own problems, and develop life-long confidence.


[amazon asin=030739543X&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Barbara Probst, author of When the Labels Don’t Fit/
Topic: A new approach to raising a challenging child.
Issues: Discovering your child’s essential nature and temperament; respecting your child’s inner world; changing the way you think, talk, and respond; knowing when and how to help; taking care of yourself.


[amazon asin=0965748375&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 3: Karen Pavlicin, author of Life After Deployment.
Topic: How military families prepare for, cope with, and survive deployment.
Issues: Types of deployment; emotional and psychological stages of deployment; ways to keep in touch across time and distance; the effects of deployment on the soldier, spouse, and children; keeping reasonable expectations when coming home.

The heavy, heavy price paid by returning veterans: almost half make disability claims

“America’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.

“A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.”

This is an excerpt from an article by AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. Read the rest of this important story here. 

April is the Month of the Military Child. Let’s do everything we can to support them.

1.8 million children have a parent in the military and most of those families have been through multiple deployhments. As a Marine Corps veteran, my heart goes out to every one of them. We’ve all heard a lot about PTSD, the increased divorce rates in military families, and the out-of-control suicide rate (more servicemembers committed suicide in 2011 than were killed in action). But very few of us know about the toll deployment takes on children.
[Read more…]

Sure you love your kids—but do they know that?

We all know how important it is to tell our kids we love them (or do we?). But how often do we actually show them? In a very cool study that was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that the children of nurturing, caring parents have larger hippocampi (hippocampus is the singular, but we all have two—one on each side of the brain) than kids whose parents are less nurturing and caring.

[Read more…]