Are you ready for summer? We imagine it as a time to relax, sit by the water, grill with friends, go camping and enjoy nature's bounty. Yet it's not all that relaxing when you find yourself struggling with gear, realizing that you are out of supplies deep in the middle of nowh.... read more
Was it Jerry Seinfeld who said, "There's no such thing as fun for the whole family?" I disagree, but I've hit on certain tips that do help keep things fun. I'm not sure they're universally helpful, but they've helped me. As always, the first step is to follow the Eighth .... read more
Wherever you go, there you are. It's a saying that can be traced back to the late 15th century, and still over half a millennium later, we find truth and meaning in it. As we explore ways to nurture creative thinking in our selves and our children, we realize that it is not ju.... read more
Being required to sit in one spot for hours on end can be a difficult task. Ease that by providing children things to stimulate their brains and bodies. Provide the tools that turn getting to your destination into a creative venture. As you plan your travels, consider packin.... read more
I've been on one airplane with my kids so far this year. It was an East to West Coast trip, not an insignificant length of time to be on a plane with children. We've done the same trip more times than I can count, so at this point we pretty much know what to pack. And now that.... read more
You've probably already realized, given the abundance of daylight, the ubiquitous smell of sunscreen, and the endless clamoring of your children, that beach time has officially arrived. But just in case you've been living in a pantry and have yet to reach this important conclu.... read more
It's summer, and the road beckons. You feel it too, right? A desire to go somewhere new, change things up a bit, explore this big beautiful world of ours. And it's all so adventurous sounding until we realize that we have to pack. And do laundry. And probably hit the store sev.... read more
School's out, and the beach beckons! Or Grandma's house, or the lake you daydream about during chilly winter afternoons, or wherever it is your favorite mode of transportation might take you. Walk, ride, fly, float. Do whatever you need to do to plot a getaway! And wheth.... read more
Summer turns many families into nomads. The kids must be taken around to see their grandparents and cousins and out-of-town friends, and it's all good fun. And then perhaps there's a week at a vacation rental, or a relative's beach house. Isn't summer grand? Except for all.... read more
We're heading out of town this weekend for a little beach-to-mountain family vacation, which means we'll be spending hours on the road with two small children. I'm one of those rare people that looks forward to roadtrips, probably because they satisfy a greater wanderlust. .... read more
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