family holidays (5)

Traveling With Teens and the Birth of Empathy


The birth of empathy between siblings is a beautiful thing to witness.  One of the many unexpected joys of living abroad is watching the way such a powerful experience changes your children.  For the better.  Kids who travel together, learn to rely on each other in a deeper way than life in suburban America demands.

When we left for Italy, Katie and Matt were fifteen and eleven.  At that time they were attending different schools, played different sports, had different sets of friends, and had de

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Memories of Family Vacations

 Do you remember going on family vacations when you were a kid?


   It's funny how I can't remember where I put my keys or my phone or what I was supposed to pick up at the store (so when I arrive, I just stand there looking around for some hint) but I can remember being on vacation with my family when I was a kid.

  My parents worked several jobs at once to keep us afloat. Neither of them had it easy.

   We weren't able to spend much time with our Dad as he worked a day job and a night job.

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Safety Tips for Travelling With Children

Parents need to talk with children about safety before heading out to a busy shopping mall or boarding a plane, train, or bus this holiday season. Crowds are greater this time of year and children may easily become separated from their parents, causing confusion and fear. If that should happen, parents need a plan and children should know what to do. 
 “Unfortunately many adults and children don’t know
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9008668100?profile=originalThe popularity of family travel has caused parents, grandparents, and toy manufacturers to come up with creative ways to keep kids entertained and engaged en route to their destination.

One of the best ideas I’ve seen yet is the Trunki – a durable plastic suitcase that pre-schoolers can pack, ride-on, and pull along behind them.

Made by Melissa & Doug, the educational toy company, the Trunki comes in a variety of bright kid-friendly colors. My favorite is the red one that looks like a lady bug

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Think of a long awaited, and well-deserved holiday, and images of cultural attractions, sandy beaches, azure waters, new flavors and romantic sunsets, crop up our minds. Now think of a holiday with children...ah, well, as much as we love our kids, not exactly the same images come to mind. Nevertheless, a relaxing and enjoyable holiday for the whole family, away from the stress of our usual everyday race with work, school and other duties, is possible with a few insiders' tips.


1. Don't break the

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