Articles by Sarah Smiley

 
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Sarah Smiley

The military is more regional and generational

By Sarah Smiley on June 20, 2017, at 3:39 p.m.
More military recruits are coming from the same families in the same regions of the country, but most service members would not recommend military service for their kids. But it’s not surprising.
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He didn’t get a hit, but he taught me something huge

By Sarah Smiley on June 13, 2017, at 5:32 p.m.
All those times I’ve rushed to protect my children, maybe I was really robbing them of opportunities.
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The troubling, conflicting points about the Kathy Griffin controversy

By Sarah Smiley on June 06, 2017, at 7:16 p.m.
It makes you wonder who would even consider going into public life these days when one false step can leave your life, career and family in ruins.
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Bryce Harper, all of us, are preaching to choir

By Sarah Smiley on May 30, 2017, at 4:24 p.m.
It’s a shell game of achievement, and the only people who are benefiting are the adults.
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The filtered culture of online is not real life

By Sarah Smiley on May 24, 2017, at 8:55 a.m.
Yes, I am proud of my husband, and I am grateful he is home. But, no, I do not like his coffee mugs.
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Husband is home. So is his stuff.

By Sarah Smiley on May 16, 2017, at 4:26 p.m.
When I pulled off the protective sheet of crumpled packing paper on top, I gasped out loud.
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‘I stand relieved’: Ceremony marks end of long, winding road

By Sarah Smiley on May 09, 2017, at 8:15 p.m.
Dustin stood up to give his speech and said the words I’ll never forget. I’m supposed to be the writer of the family, but he stole the show.
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Now we’re shaming moms for not taking their kids outside enough?

By Sarah Smiley on May 02, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
The message here is clear: if you’re not adequately entertaining your kids all weekend, they will go to school and be embarrassed at show-and-tell.
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Old adages about military spouses don’t always apply

By Sarah Smiley on April 25, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
Things are always the hardest right before my husband comes home.
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My son learned how hard work pays off in life and sports

By Sarah Smiley on April 11, 2017, at 4:19 p.m.
All year long we told him, “Keep working hard and there will be no doubt that you tried your best.”
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Failure is hard for kids, but it teaches the value of hard work

By Sarah Smiley on April 04, 2017, at 4:42 p.m.
You don’t always get what you want. It feels good to work for something.
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Retiring from the military isn’t as easy as it sounds

By Sarah Smiley on March 28, 2017, at 7:33 p.m.
A friend asked my husband, “And what will you do when you get out of the military?” His response: “I don’t know.”
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Doing a countdown calendar … with teenagers

By Sarah Smiley on March 21, 2017, at 4:58 p.m.
It wasn’t “the year 2000,” but rather, “the year of your first deployment.”
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Counting time as a military wife

By Sarah Smiley on March 14, 2017, at 3:10 p.m.
Long before there were smartphone apps and online countdown clocks, military wives the world over have been coming up with clever ways to mark time.
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Revisiting thoughts on the ‘Day Without a Woman’ march

By Sarah Smiley on March 07, 2017, at 5:16 p.m.
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Military wives don’t have the luxury of ‘A Day Without a Woman’

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:58 p.m.
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Postpartum depression always hit on Day 3

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 21, 2017, at 1:48 p.m.
Postpartum depression can have many different factors — some of them physical and hormonal and some of them circumstantial. Often, all of these collide in a perfect storm.
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Family vacations might be overrated

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 14, 2017, at 2:33 p.m.
When I sense an end to the days of packing everyone into the car for a family weekend, the days when no one had the idea nor the means to fight us on it, I regret all the trips we haven’t taken.
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Give Melania Trump a break

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 07, 2017, at 3 p.m.
Why are we expecting Melania Trump to fill a role just because her husband was elected into a corresponding one?
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It’s not about the hair (face, weight, clothes)

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 31, 2017, at 5:18 p.m.
Over the years, I’ve learned that my female critics and male critics attack different things.