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Power up your Parenting!

Military Press featured an article in their November issue that focused on parenting strategies. Read the full article for some tips from FOCUS that can help parents overcome a variety of common challenges.

A Transformational Journey of Family Bonding Through FOCUS

This FOCUS blog entry was submitted by Allison Paul, a special guest blogger and mom whose family participated in FOCUS Family Resilience Training. Read Allison's story to find out about the important role that FOCUS played in helping her family conquer 'some of life's most challenging moments.'

Family Closeness: Family Crests

If your family is looking for something fun and creative to help bring you closer together during this holiday season, or any time, then this is the perfect project for you! Click here to learn more about this fun and meaningful way to help family members identify what makes your family unique.

Maintaining Cheer throughout the Holidays

This FOCUS Blog post comes from our FOCUS Staff and describes some common developmental stages that may affect the way kids react to this exciting Holiday Season. Read the full post to learn how being aware of some of these stages can help to make your holiday planning simpler.


FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) is a resiliency-building program of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). It is designed for military families and children facing the multiple challenges of combat operational stress during wartime. FOCUS promotes family strengths and supports parents to help manage the challenges of military life.

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Program Spotlight: is an inclusive online course for Military parents designed by the U.S. Department of Defense in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The site gives parents access to a variety of tools including video interviews from real families, interactive parenting activities, and printable tip sheets.

Read the press release about the launch here.

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