Posts Tagged ‘Kayt Sukel’

Traveling With Kids? Don’t Skimp Here

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Love, love, love Travel Savvy Mom. So many great tips from moms who live in the real world and who know what it's really like to travel with kids — especially young kids.

Kayt Sukel has written a terrific post today: "Things to NEVER Skimp on While Traveling With Kids." Her top-five list (created after polling other moms on Twitter and FaceBook):

°    An extra seat on the plane (in addition to the reasons listed, I'd also add: safety)
°    Snacks
°    Direct flights
°    A DVD player
°    Something new

Check out her post to get the scoop. Kayt's anecdote about the GREAT deal she got online on a hotel room for her family is worth the read, too. ;)

What’s Life Really Like for Military Wives?

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

I just read a powerful essay, by Kayt Sukel, on The piece, "They Called, I Answered. It Got to Me," will run in tomorrow's Washington Post.

Sukel's husband is deployed to Iraq for the second time. She is living in Germany with their 3-year-old son, taking care of the family finances (and everything else that needs to be done to keep a family running) and tending to her freelance-writing business. Sounds like a full plate, right?

But Sukel has also taken on the daunting task of running the company-level Family Readiness Group, or FRG, a military support group for Army wives. As I read of the dizzying number of phone calls Sukel receives from wives worried about overly long deployments for their husbands, possible infidelity, financial problems, parenting challenges and so much more, I could feel the toll that this volunteer job takes on her.

So often the media shows military families waving flags as they send their loved ones off to war. What we don't see nearly enough of are the long months and years between the leaving and the coming home. The stress, the financial problems, the marital issues, the single-parenting challenges. We don't see enough of the day-to-day life of a military spouse.

Kayt Sukel has painted a picture here that will stay with me for a long time.