November’s FOCUS tip of the month is take time to give thanks

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Creating a plate of cookies for neighbors or a deployed family member increases support and sense of community.

Creating a plate of cookies for neighbors or a deployed family member increases support and sense of community.

 

Kristen Schreiner
FOCUS-Hawaii
November is National Month of the Military Family, and a month of giving thanks.

What are you thankful for this month? Have you shared your gratitude with your loved ones?

Now is a wonderful time to leave little notes in lunch packs or on bathroom mirrors — just because. Sharing your feelings with your family increases your family bond and models to your children how important it is to be thankful for each other.

Holiday Tips
Here are a few additional helpful tips to keep in mind during the holidays:
•Traditions are important to the whole family. Even if you are the only parent at home this holiday season, try to continue some of the most important family traditions and possibly even create some new ones.
•Include a deployed parent in the holidays by mailing cards, pictures or even cookies. Also, if you have time before they deploy, record a special holiday message to play for the kids. Service members can also use United Through Reading’s amazing program to send a reading of a holiday book to their children.
•Spread the cheer! When the holidays feel overwhelming, it can be helpful to remind yourself about others who may not have all the blessings you do. So, arrange to take your family to serve food at the local food bank or shelter, or bake a plate of cookies for a neighbor.
Doing something nice for others just may bring a smile to your face, too.

FOCUS_FourStarsTwoBarsAbout FOCUS
Find more ways to share your gratitude with your family and build your family strengths at the FOCUS program.

FOCUS, or Families OverComing Under Stress, is a resiliency-building program of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). It’s an eight-session training program for military families that is grounded in more than two decades of research and experience serving families dealing with stress and changes.

FOCUS is specifically adapted for the needs of military couples, children and families, and provides training in core resilience skills. These skills increase closeness, support, communication and adaptability.
(Note: Schreiner is the Resiliency Services coordinator at FOCUS-Hawaii.)

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