As military families endure the multitude of conflicts of this generation, those on the outside might ask: "How do these families make it work?"
Well, a number of factors contribute to the success of military families as they face the challenges involved in serving our country, such as deployments, training missions and relocations. Many of the things that military families do to thrive under stressful situations could apply to many families, military or otherwise.
Families that have flexibility in their homes tend to do better than those who have rigid roles and rules. When deployment or change occurs, being able to shift and pick up the slack helps families adapt to change. The ability to shift roles and be flexible is often more important than who does what in the household.
So, for instance, if Dad always takes out the trash but Dad deploys, it is crucial that someone in the family take out the trash and pick up where Dad would have in his absence.