With Disney parks recently raising their ticket prices to $89 for a single-park one day ticket -- Universal Studios is just as bad -- now is the perfect time to start thinking about smaller, regional theme parks where you can get your adrenaline fix for less.
Traditionally a male macho experience, whitewater kayaking is drawing an increasing number of women's groups, not only for the sheer "you go girl" fun of it, but also to be spoiled by hunky river brats.
"A mother is only as happy as her saddest child," the saying goes. She's only as anchored, and grounded and reassuring, too. But another part of this parenting job is to do a damn good impression of having our feet solidly on the ground.