Mental Health: The 48 Hour Rule

“Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.”

This rule stands in place for my husband, children and all of their friends. What is this rule? It is just as it says. The 48 Hour Rule!!

As a military spouse, we are asked to do things for our military other halves. Sometimes our military spouses like to forget to tell us when things are happening, when they need to be done, until the very last minute. So I created this rule to keep myself sane. When there is an event of any kind, I must be notified 48 hours in advance. This includes command functions, outings with others, and things that might happen. When things need to be prepared for any reason, I must be notified 48 hours in advance. If this rule is to be broken I need proof that it was not a forgotten issue, or there are consequences, such as me not doing what needs to be done.

This goes for my children too. Projects, things needed for school/crafts, and outings with friends. Want something special for dinner… tell me 48 hours in advance.

Why have this rule? For me it has to do with respect. This rule helps keep the family plans in order and allows me to prepare for anything coming up. If an item needs to be found, then I am able to find the item without rushing around. Last it allows me to find money that we may need to do a certain event.

This plan has worked very well for years! When our children were little, it would help to create a parenting schedule for me. My husband use to play softball 2-3 nights a week, plus was attending college. This made if easier to plan family event, doctor’s appointments, photography sessions, and whatever else needed to be done.

Let’s throw a command function in here. By having the 48 hour rule, it allows me to properly prepare what is needed. I love having more than 48 hours, but that is the bare requirement to complete any task. For me, I love being that military wife that does things for the command, such as making meals. I love to be prepared and have the correct items needed for whatever needs to be created.

Now I do take into account that there are times where the hubs or children will only be told of an event or project the day before. I understand I can not control everything, but as a general rule, I like to be prepared. I was a military brat before I was a military spouse!

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