I have been mentoring N*avy parents since 2013 but have focused on Moms – they usually seem to ask the questions and search for information. Dads are involved too, but differently from Moms. From my personal experience, we Moms tend to wear our hearts on our sleeve, where Dads may tend to be more reserved. As I mourned the absence of my Plebes, my husband took on different roles as an encourager, supporter, and comforter especially during our Plebe Summers and during deployments. As our Mids spread their wings, he was many times a mediator.
During my most recent book signing, a new Dad came up to me, and after chatting about my book, A USNA Mom’s Journal, he asked me what advice I had for Dads. To be honest, I had to think about it! Advice specific for Dads? I was at a loss but not for long!
Join me for my podcast episode with two N*avy Dads – Karl Smith (USNA ’20 and USAFA ’25) and my husband Jeff, (USNA ’17, ’20, and Notre Dame NROTC ’22), who help us see things through the Dad lens and shed some light on Dad-specific advice. You can listen here: Finally! Advice for the N*avy Dad Journey or listen below:
How Time Flies: A Look at 2/C and Firstie Years Part 2 | Episode 26 – USNA MidMoms and More Podcast
- How Time Flies: A Look at 2/C and Firstie Years Part 2 | Episode 26
- How Time Flies: A Look at 2C and Firstie Years – Part 1 | Episode 25
- Live Like Duke – Remembering a Remarkable Life | Episode 24
- No Greater Duty: A Story of Moral Courage | Episode 23
- Finally! Advice for the N*avy Dad Journey | Episode 21