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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...
Family vacations are great. But school is important. Do you let your child skip school for vacations?

Summer Road Trip Tips for Families

Traveling with kids doesn't have to be painful. Photo: sxc.hu I don't know about you, but the summer sunshine sure ignites my wanderlust. In just a few weeks I'll pack up my family for a four-week road trip across five states, ending up at...

No pre-boarding for families

Once upon a time, families traveling with small children got to board first, to give them time to get their little ones settled in, put away their luggage, toys, and snacks, and do whatever else they needed to do, without blocking the rest of the...

Disney raising ticket prices

If you have plans to visit a Disney theme park in the future, you might want to add a few extra dollars to your wallet. Beginning today, Disney is raising the cost of admission at all domestic theme parks. How much more you will pay depends on which...

Use your summer vacation to change the world

If your child is between the ages of five and fourteen, this summer he or she can help change the world by helping to rid it of malaria. According to this, Malaria kills over 3,000 children a day. Malaria is transmitted through the bite of a...

Can't afford a vacation? Try a staycation instead!

When I was a struggling college student, I could put two dollars into my gas tank and drive my car for a week. Two dollars today wouldn't get us much farther than the nearest expressway. Families everywhere are grounding their summer travel plans...

Economic woes not hurting Disney

It is common knowledge that the U.S. economy is in the toilet, right? Gas prices are sky-high, groceries are through the roof and we are all losing our homes because we can't pay our mortgage. To stretch our dollars, we are growing our own food and...

The reunion versus the trains

Next Sunday, the kids' swim school is closed. After class yesterday, Rachel and I were talking about taking the opportunity to head up to Sacramento on Saturday after Acrosports, go to the Railroad museum, and stay overnight. The kids would...

Time or money?

I came across a fascinating statistic about Canadians. According to the results of a poll released yesterday, nearly half of Canadians would take a twenty percent pay-cut in exchange for twenty percent more time off to spend with their families....

To Nanny and Grandpa's house we go

I stood in the delivery room, my brand-new daughter grasping my finger for the very first time, my shaky hands trying to call my father, my voice barely audible as I mumbled that I had a child. It's hard to say what he was feeling -- I'd woken...

Girl drowns after being overcome by boat exhaust

Much to my husband's regret, we do not own a boat. But many of our friends do and we hope to take advantage of their generosity this week when we all head up to the lake for some family fun. We made this trip last year and we all had fun boating and...

What a child packs

I almost forgot about this. Two weeks ago, we were packing for our family vacation and I asked Jared to pick some toys to bring along. He grabbed a contico (big plastic storage boxes with interlocking lids) and started filling it. When he was done, I...

Young parents: Do you feel some friends don't "get it?"

I am the first person in my old group of friends to get married and have babies. While the people I've known since I was 16 are all busy with jobs and all the social activities that come with being in ones twenties, I'm busy breastfeeding, changing...

When mom needs to recharge her batteries

As I mentioned yesterday, I recently boarded a plane and left the most precious part of my life behind,my three children, two states away in Colorado. I am spending three days in Tucson, Arizona at a spa where I am surrounded by palm trees, giant...

Leaving on a jet plane, how to tell a 2 year-old?

Tomorrow I have to get on a plane that will take me away from my children four three and half days. It is not a mandatory trip, rather a much needed pleasure break to help me recharge my engines. When I used to work outside the home I had to travel...

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