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Tip for Military Families – #199

While You Were Away Jars -Tip # 199

We keep two types of jars for two purposes when my husband is away.  Which one you choose will also depend on your family and what they will like, buy into or understand.  One jar is for understanding time and marking the days going by and one was to save money to look forward to the time when they are returning home to do something special together with the money.

While You Were Away Jars

The jar on the left is for saving money while they are away and the jar on the left is to fill up with chocolate, candy, or some other treat that they can have one of each day (with the idea being that when the jar is empty your family member is home).  Make sure that if you are filling the jar that there are extras as you never know the exact date of return and these dates can change.  It is a visible way to see a goal becoming a reality (if you add a $1 a day to the jar you can soon see it adding up and your children learn about the value and rewards of saving money).  It is also an easy way for younger children to mark time.  I thought when my kids got older they wouldn’t be interested it the treat jar (they still are!).  You may be like us and end up doing both!

You will need:

A  Jar

Candies (if you are doing the treat jar)

Puff paint (check bottle to make sure it adheres to glass and do not put in dishwasher)

While You Were Away Jars 2nd picture

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Tips for Military Families – #180

Lists to Motivate – Tip #180

These ideas could be on your fridge door, bathroom door, kitchen door, or any space that you will see each morning before your day really gets into action.  The idea of creating a motivational list is to get your family or yourself thinking positively and re-affirming thoughts and emotions that help you to feel stronger and positive.  Each family member could have their own poster or page with their own list of daily tasks.  All of the tasks on the short list (5 max.) should take only a few seconds to a minute to complete.  You could have a whole family list or have each family member create their own list.  I used a list similar to the one below when my husband was deployed.


Everyday tasks, While You’re Away

Compliment someone
Tell someone that I love them
Say something I like about myself
Do something for someone else
Take a picture
Find something to laugh about
Set a goal for myself to do today
Name 5 things that I am grateful for

The idea behind the list being quick and easy to complete is to get yourself motivated to do things each day that are going to make you and those you love and care about feel good and live your life the best ways that you can without taking a lot of energy or precious time.

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To submit a tip of your own to us, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org