Do You Pull Your Child Out of School for Family Vacations?

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Do you pull your child out of school for family vacations?
The Kansas City Star reports on a recent Travel Industry of America poll that found 16 million parents "let children miss school to gain travel experien...
Family vacations are great. But school is important. Do you let your child skip school for vacations?

Road Trip Sanity, Part II

Last week I confessed that my mood improved and family vacations became a lot more fun when I stopped expecting my husband to read my mind about what needed to happen to get the five of us packed and out the door. Forms and checklists that Bill and I...

Peaceful Family Roadtrips - Tips for a Fight-Free Vacation

Every summer when our boys were young, we loaded them in the car before dawn and took off for our annual family vacation in Colorado. And every summer on departure day I was in a bad mood. Why? Well, for weeks I'd been planning the trip -- researchin...

Family vacations - Thinking outside the Disney box

Last week, Utah lost one of its most famous (and photographed) arches in Arches National Park to time and gravity. Visitors to National Parks are down, due to what is believe to be increasing competition from theme parks, high gas prices, and a seden...

Riding in cars with boys (and girls)

Wanderlust has struck my five-year-old. "I've never been anywhere in the world," she told me recently. "Oh wait. Except for Ohio." It's true that since we've been parents, our travel has been limited to in-state campgrounds and beaches (except for on...

Parenting trends for 08?

We're just approaching the 6 week checkup point of 2008 but already the style spotters at are predicting what the parenting trends this new year will bring. According to the article, we can expect: Even more unique baby names: beca...

Help for traveling with kids

It's not easy to travel with a child -- especially if you have a particularly difficult little one, who's likely to get you kicked off an airplane (or a bus). Chances are, if you're reading this, you're the sort of person who turns to the wonderful I...

More cruise lines catering to kids

If I had a large fun budget and could afford to take my brood on a vacation, I would definitely consider taking them on a cruise. Not only could I eat and drink my way from end of the ship to the other, but it seems like the kids could be indulged an...

Preparation for family vacation

In case any of you are planning a late summer vacation, Dr. Thomas Stuttaford offered a few suggestions to assist you. These include: Before setting off, ask your children to pack a small bag for themselves - this helps them to feel included in the ...

Alpha dads and vacations

There have been few greater changes in household life over the past sixty years than those relating to family holidays. Whereas once families invariably ate together, now many spend an appreciable length of time together as a single unit only when on...


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