Last summer my family flew up to Seattle for a family vacation. We had a lot of fun activities planned for the girls who were four and three at the time. In my head, I envisioned us clapping with glee as we saw Orca whales in their natural habitat, splashing through unexpected.... read more
"Summer time, and the livin' is easy..." Well, that is until your two children in the back seat of the car start fighting. Is there anything that drives a parent more nuts?Since it is not likely that your car arrived factory equipped with a chauffeur's screen, the one you flip.... read more
Many parents joke that taking a vacation with the kids is far more exhausting than daily life at home, and indeed, we’ve been there! Even so, family vacations are precious time. We cherish the memories, photos and mementos of those times, and after a few months of .... read more
The National Park Service (NPS) has a wealth of information for families and individuals traveling to the lands they oversee, including national parks, national monuments, national historical sites. The list really does go on and on! If you will be traveling, check out the NPS.... read more
People who appreciate design and illustration love M. Sasek's travel picture books for children from the 60s, and I love This Is Texas (published in 1967 by Macmillian), in particular, because it is all about my current state of mind and residence. Even if you aren't a fan of .... read more
Our niece is getting married in a few weeks, and my girls can't wait to head out to Tennessee, the "Volunteer State." They're excited about being flower girls in the wedding, of course, but they're also eager to sightsee in a new state and visit Civil War battle fields, which .... read more
Summer is a time of explorations, and no one enjoys exploring more than our children. In these days of far-flung families and friends, many of us are looking ahead to a few trips to see our dear but not so near this summer. The lucky among us may have a vacation journey with.... read more
What's marvelous about summer vacation, whether it's spent at Gramma's, at the beach, or in some faraway city, is that it provides a break from the obligations and expectations that mark the vast majority of our day-to-day lives. It's good, no matter how much we love our homes.... read more
Europe: For many, it conjures images of romantic walks along the Seine, backpacking through the Alps, or idling for hours at a sidewalk café. Or perhaps we think of touring awe-inspiring museums and then sitting in a pub, enjoying a good European brew. But kids? Well, yes..... read more
It's on the minds of many parents of young children: how can we help our kids learn a second language? There are many reasons for parents to be asking this question right from the start. In our rapidly globalizing, increasingly interconnected world, a second language is .... read more
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