FOCUS On… The Feeling Thermometer

A Great Tool for Communicating Feelings

feeling thermometerMilitary Press featured an article in their January issue focused on the Feeling Thermometer. Read the full article to learn more about the Feeling Thermometer and how it can be used as a tool to help kids and families talk about their feelings.


Our Experience with FOCUS

This FOCUS blog entry was submitted by Lori Allison, a Military wife and mom, whose experience with FOCUS brought her family closer than ever before! Read her full post to learn how the skills taught in FOCUS helped to foster better communication and bonding between Lori and her teenage daughter.

Tips for Tackling Common Family Challenges

Day to day, season to season, parents can find themselves facing any number of challenges. Check out this post for tips on facing three common challenges head on.


FOCUS On… Goal Setting


In their March Issue, Military Press highlighted the FOCUS goal setting method S-C-O-R-E. Click here to view the full article article and learn how this strategy can break down the idea of goal setting for kids.

Program Spotlight

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NIDA National Drug Facts Week

January 27th-February 2nd marked NIDA’s third annual National Drug Facts Week. During National Drug Facts Week, teens nationwide participated in school events, resource fairs, and online chats focused on shattering the myths about drugs and drug use.

Learn more about National Drug Facts Week here:

Check out the FOCUS Blog Post on National Drug Facts Week!


FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) is a resiliency-building program of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). It is designed for Military families and children facing the multiple challenges of combat operational stress during wartime. FOCUS promotes family strengths and supports parents to help manage the challenges of military life.

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