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First Sergeant JR Williams with her daughter Reilly's artwork Photo: Brian Mann)
First Sergeant JR Williams with her daughter Reilly's artwork Photo: Brian Mann)

Military mom says choices about children and career are closely intertwined

This week, soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division are heading back to Iraq for another 15-month deployment. We've been talking with First Sergeant Jennifer Rebecca Williams, who goes by "JR", about the growing demands on military families. Sgt. Williams is leaving behind her husband and her 3-year-old daughter Reilly. She told Brian Mann that balancing her military career and her role as a mom is tough. And Williams says the Army could do more to support military moms.  Go to full article
Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Rebecca Wiliams, who goes by JR, with her daughter's artwork. Photos: Brian Mann
Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Rebecca Wiliams, who goes by JR, with her daughter's artwork. Photos: Brian Mann

For Fort Drum's military moms, deployment means extra duty and extra doubts

This week, soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division are heading back to Iraq for another 15-month deployment. Their families face a tough and nerve-wracking year of separation. The challenge is especially tough for military women, some of them leaving behind very young children. Brian Mann sat down to talk about life as a military mom with Sergeant First Class Jennifer Rebecca Williams. Her own daughter, Reilly, is three years old. Sgt. Williams is deploying with the Headquarters Company of the 10th Mountain Division. She says balancing family with military duty is getting harder as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan stretch on.  Go to full article

Military moms face quick separation from newborn babies

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. For military parents, repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have meant painful choices between family and duty. The dilemma is especially stark for servicewomen with newborn babies. As Brian Mann reports, some lawmakers and some military officials say the Pentagon should expand maternity benefits.  Go to full article

The diaper dilemma ? cloth or paper?

There's a reason more than 90% of American parents choose disposable diapers over cloth. Nothing beats the convenience of disposable diapers. But cloth diapers are more and more user-friendly, and eco-conscious parents grapple with the effect all those disposable diapers have on the environment. Reporter Mark Brush has two little ones at home and decided to take a closer look at the question.  Go to full article

Commentary: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Mother

Years ago, a book was published, called The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner. Commentator Jill Vaughan never read the book, but in the week leading up to Mother's Day, she's been paraphrasing the title in her head, to the Loneliness of the Long-Distance Mother.  Go to full article

Commentary: Lessons In Parenthood

A lot of parents like to think their children's lives will be better because they can learn from the experiences of their elders. Commentator Jill Vaughan found out earlier this summer it doesn't always work that way.  Go to full article

Commentary: Washing Dishes and Moral Instruction

Teaching children right and wrong and what's important in life is done in a variety of ways. Sometimes by example, sometimes by direct instruction. Commentator Paul Willcott learned those lessons by listening to his parents talk while they washed supper dishes.  Go to full article

The New PINS Law

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence County Probation Director Francine Peretta about new legislation giving parents legal control of 17- and 18-year-olds. The new "PINS" law is being praised by parent groups, but will be complicated and expensive for counties.  Go to full article

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