We've taken dozens of family road trips, but I'd never appreciated how much things have changed from the days when disrupted nap or meal schedules could lead to meltdowns. Still, travel with teens comes with its own challenges.
I'm on a road trip with my son, Adam. We're driving 1,265 miles over four days, from California, where he's lived his whole life, to New Mexico, where he'll live for the next four years while he attends college.
Every parent I see is exhausted. In most cases, both parents have demanding, full-time jobs, while the one with the less demanding job often also gets the role of primary caregiver, though both parents are heavily involved. Some of us have help; most of us don't. Either way, we're worn out.