Being forced to travel was actually great because it made us get out and experience the world and create wonderful memories instead of staying home and just keeping to local, easy experiences. After living through the highs and lows myself, I wanted to share a few pros and cons of traveling with little kids.
To parents who want to provide a memorable Labor Day weekend for your children, I wish you well. After you vacuum the minivan, drop the dog at the kennel, and hunt down one damn DVD that isn't scratched to death, you might want to toss out your laminated itinerary, bedazzle your noise-reducing headphones and prepare for Plan B.
Family travel is all about teamwork. Everyone--including yourself, your spouse, and your children--need to be on the same page. Like any good team, everyone needs to know their roles and responsibilities, have clear expectations, and be accountable for their actions. And everyone needs to work together for a common purpose.