By: Jason M. Jowers, MS Boy blowing bubbles and holding hands with a parent Return to article. Long DescriptionPexels[Boy Blowing Bubbles by leeroy on April 28, 2015, CC0]Family stress can be at an all-time high within military families during times of deployment. This is even more so true for single-parent military families. The REACH Center at the University of Minnesota conducts research that can help us to better identify and address key issues that impact military service members and their families. A research study they conducted in 2015 found that single parents in the military experienced higher stress levels during times of deployment, had lower levels of social support, and had a harder time reintegrating with their families and children post-deployment .So what can single parents in the military do when they are called up for deployment? Who do they reach out to as caregivers for their children while they are gone? Military One Source has a quick read article on ways to plan and organize to prepare before, during, and after deployment . These tips include: choosing caregivers, arranging finances, keeping routines, and talking to kids about the changes. Deployments are tough on single parent households but are doable with a plan and careful consideration.For more info on both the emotional and financial toll that single parenting can have on military families, tune into to this archived webinar, “Separation & Single Parenting in the Military” from our Family Finances Series. This series was a collaboration between the MFLN Personal Finance team and MFLN Family Development and provides CEUs for financial professionals as well as social workers and therapists.To hear personal experiences of single parents who are also active duty military personnel, take a listen to our Anchored podcast episode, “Double Duties: Exploring Single Parenthood in the Military.” CEUs are still available for those who are interested.References Vaughn-Coaxum, R., Smith, B. N., Iverson, K. M., & Vogt, D. (2015). Family stressors and postdeployment mental health in single versus partnered parents deployed in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq Psychological Services, 12(3), 241-249. doi:10.1037/ser0000026 Retrieved from: https://reachfamilies.umn.edu/sites/default/files/rdoc/Vaughn-Coaxum_2015.pdfMilitary OneSource (2018). Leaving Your Children with a Caregiver during Deployment. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/military-life-cycle/deployment/during-deployment/leaving-your-children-with-a-caregiver-during-deploymentThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Learn more about our team at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter. Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.
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IOA has received an e-mail from the Olympic Council of AsiaIn an embarrassment to India, the country has been warned of heavy penalty by Olympic Council of Asia if it withdraws from sending teams in a few disciplines in the upcoming Asian Games, a development which led to the IOA slamming some government officials for “ruining sport”.The Indian Olympic Association received an e-mail from the OCA on August 29, which warned IOA of penalty if it withdraws from some sporting disciplines, including football and table tennis, for the September 19-October 4 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.”We have received news that the Sports Authority of India may be forcing the India NOC to withdraw from Football, Basketball, Handball, Table Tennis, and Sepak takraw in the 17th Asian Games,” the letter from the OCA said.”The team draw has already been completed. As per the constitution, if the IOA withdraws now, a penalty will definitely be levied and the whole draw will need to be done again,” OCA Director of International and NOC Relations Vinod Kumar Tiwari wrote in a mail, sent to top IOA officials.Calling the development as an embarrassment to the country, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said that a few officials in the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India were ruining sport in the country.”I don’t blame the whole sports ministry and I don’t blame the sports minister. Two-three officials in the ministry and the SAI are ruining Indian sport by trying to interfere in the working of IOA and national federations,” Mehta said.advertisement”The ministry and the SAI have formulated criteria for sending teams and athletes in Asian Games. That was a case of interfering in the work of selection committee of NSFs and the IOA. Moreover, there were reports that the ministry would not allow NSFs to send teams at their own cost if they want to.”This is a case of interference and violation of autonomy of the NSFs and the IOA under the Olympic Charter. The IOA has just come out of a 14-month suspension and they (government officials) should know that India can again be in trouble if there was interference from the government,” he added.