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The Advantages Of Vacationing With The Same Friends Every Summer

Candy Schulman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Fifty
Candy Schulman

We merge our families into one rented house every August, and then drive off in different directions two weeks later. For over twenty years we've been spending our vacation with Bill and Mary. We all know Bill will pack food processor, fresh basil and tomatoes from his garden, and more spices than we'll ever use.

The 7 Stages of Summer Vacation

Chara Campanella | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Chara Campanella

You are going on vacation! As many parents have noted in the past, vacationing with kids is just parenting in a different location with fewer resources and more expense, but it's still crazy exciting. You are going someplace else! You might take a plane!

A Letter to The Parents of the Golf Cart Kids

Cort Ruddy | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

I've seen your kids zooming around, going the places they think they need to get as quickly as possible. I'm not writing to say they're going too fast, which they probably are. Or that the buzzing is ruining our family's quiet vacation, which it likely is. I'm writing on behalf of your kids.

Out of the Suburbs and into the Woods: A Haiku Diary

Peyton Price | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Peyton Price

Truth: Family vacations are a whirlwind of frantically keeping your people entertained and happy when what you want is to be bored. Just for 10 minutes. One minute. One second.

What My Son Taught Me About Living in the Moment

Holly Klaassen | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Holly Klaassen

How many moments am I missing because I'm in such a rush to get to the next thing? What 'here and now's' am I wishing away (even if not consciously) because I just want to do something else or be somewhere else?

Kid-Friendly Summer Vacations: Our Top Tropical Picks

Oyster | Posted 08.02.2014 | Travel
Oyster

What's the secret to a great family vacation? Finding a location that allows everyone to explore and have fun -- at their own pace. A spot where the kids (most likely bursting with energy) can have a blast while you enjoy a relaxing massage and a margarita... or several margaritas.

Why I Took Up Boogie Boarding On My 50th Birthday

Candy Schulman | Posted 08.01.2014 | Fifty
Candy Schulman

I waited until the day before my 50th birthday to go boogie boarding. My plunge into extreme sports was my thirteen-year-old daughter's fault. She'd abandoned her boogie board to play beach volleyball, and I was losing interest in my book on this lovely beach. Suddenly I had an epiphany: I'd never boogie boarded in my life!

How to Escape Weight Gain During Summer Vacation

Jeff Hyman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Hyman

It's easy to unravel good habits on vacation, but staying on track is a lot easier than trying to get back on track post-vacation. This summer, when you plan your disappearing act, make sure to plan ahead and avoid common food traps.

How to Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

But how often in the middle of life's challenging moments, do we stop for half a second and see the beauty in our own lives? The big picture kindness. I am convinced that there are many actions we do every day that go unnoticed, by others and by ourselves, almost like a wave we don't stand up on.

Only Child Week

Lisa McElroy | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

It wasn't that we didn't know our daughter. It was that Only Child Week gave us a chance to bring her into sharp focus, without the distractions of work and school and French horn practice and babysitting commitments.

How to Pack for a Summer Family Road Trip

Laura McHolm | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Laura McHolm

So, before you hit the road this summer to your family vacation destination, follow these three checklists. Keep the car clutter-free, wire-free and the kids happy!

This Is How You Conquer The Stress Of Traveling

James E. Porter | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
James E. Porter

Over the course of a 17-day European vacation we journeyed by plane, by overnight train and even by water taxi. Here are 10 important lessons that I learned about creating a relatively low-stress travel experience that apply whether you are traveling on business or heading out for a well-earned vacation.

Put Down the iPhone: Top 10 Travel Toys That Don't Need a Charger

Cheapflights | Posted 08.24.2014 | Travel
Cheapflights

If you're searching for ways to let your child unplug on a trip, here are our 10 of the best travel toys on sale this summer -- that don't start with the letter "i."

Spend It! You Earned It. 5 Great Ways to Begin Spending Your Kids' Inheritance Today

Jerry Patterson | Posted 08.12.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

Bucket lists do not just have to be the subject of movies. Write one. Make it ambitious. Start checking it off. Climb that mountain. Visit the seven wonders. Take those dance lessons. Buy that weekend car you always dreamed of driving

7 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Beach This Summer

Patrick Quinn | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Patrick Quinn

When you go to the beach (or anywhere) with your kids, YOU are the first and most important line of defense when it comes to their safety. Gone are the days when the beach meant that you can sit in a chair and read a book, or take a nice nap in the sun. You now have to be constantly on guard.

5 Reasons Why Disney World Is Better Than Ever

George Hobica | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

Despite any downsides, Orlando -- and, quite specifically, Walt Disney World -- is the trip of a lifetime. You can pretend otherwise, but I'm not going to.

Kid-Friendly Itineraries in Five Western U.S. Destinations That Cater to Adults

Amy Whitley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Amy Whitley

The best say both. The following Western US destinations are world-renown as wedding destinations, wine regions, or spa retreats, but have a secret: they're all surprisingly kid-friendly.

The Best City For Family Travel

Tom Gilmore | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
Tom Gilmore

This Midwestern Metropolis is perfect for families. Not only will it offer enough entertainment and culture to keep a smile on your kids' faces -- it does so at a cost low enough to keep a big smile on yours.

Hot Deals on Winter Beach Escapes

MiniTime | Posted 02.26.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Winter arrived with a big snowy bang across much of America, which has many folks already pining for an escape to warmer climes. If your family is ready to trade the snow for some sunshine and sand, here are five tremendous deals at kid-friendly beach resorts to get you packing.

Little Girl Would Rather Go To Mobile, Alabama Than The 'Happiest Place On Earth'

Posted 12.19.2013 | Parents

Little girl thinks she is going on a trip. Mom keeps the destination a secret until they are at the airport -- because it is Disney World! But not eve...

Why It's Great to Be Washed Out In Galveston

Kari Haugeto | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

We hadn't seen anything like it since a hurricane almost swept our car off the road in upstate New York a few years ago. Ah, so this is September on the Gulf Coast?

Exploring Oregon's Coast, One Dune at a Time

Kari Haugeto | Posted 11.08.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Oregon's rough-and-tumble coast is all about exploration. It's learning about life on the edge of the American experience, in a place that features desolate beaches, famous cows and sea fairies. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, maybe it's time for a visit.

The Most Beautiful Ruined Moment

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Sharon Kay Edwards

You gave him the moon, Mr. Jedi Master. You fixed his day... his entire vacation! You got him back on track.

The San Diego Beach That Swallowed up My Family

Kari Haugeto | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Each trip to San Diego started with the best of intentions. We wanted to visit the famous San Diego Zoo with our three young children. And then we arrived in Mission Beach, and it all fell through, like the coarse gray sand slips through your fingers. We were grounded.

Finders Keepers: 6 Places to Hunt for Bling

MiniTime | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine) When 12-year-old Michael Dettlaff and his family visited an Arkansas state park recently, he had no need to bu...