Teaching your kids about history when you travel doesn’t have to mean a long, boring day of museums and statues. If done right, history can be more than just artifacts behind a glass case, or a plaque that points out where something used to be.
When my kids were studying the old west, with its wagon trains, gold miners and outlaws, I knew there was no better place for it to all come to life than in a real western ghost town.
My new article about Bannack State Park, the ghostliest ghost town in all the west, is now appearing on Family Vacation Critic, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor. You can expect to see several articles from me each month on this essential family travel site. I hope they give you inspiration for a memorable family adventure!
It’s May the Fourth, Star Wars Day! A day that I sincerely hope is well on its way to becoming an international holiday filled with peace, love, and light saber duels.
Because hidden inside each box of specially marked General Mills cereal, you will find one of six timeless movie posters featuring your favorite Star Wars films! Continue reading
I’ve always loved tents.
One of my very earliest memories of childhood was draping a large table cloth over a folding card table and crawling underneath with a pile of pillows and a shoebox filled with toy cars and plastic soldiers.
It was my space. Mine. Everyone else had to stay out. Except for the occasional imaginary friend or an unsuspecting curious cat. Continue reading
For more than a decade, I’ve watched a good number of my fellow mom and dad bloggers take their hobbies to the next level, landing book deals and realizing their dreams of seeing themselves on book store shelves and Amazon pages.
I’m happy to announce that it is finally my turn to make the transition from computer screen to printed page. Continue reading
My kids have always loved their veggies. But only under certain conditions. Long ago, when they were younger, I developed this simple Child’s Guide to Vegetables to help me avoid mealtime rebellion.
1. Carrots must be raw, not cooked.
2. Broccoli must be cooked, not raw.
3. Celery must be 2 inches or longer, never chopped into small pieces.
4. Corn must be on the cob, never loose on the plate.
5. Tomatoes are evil, but ketchup is heavenly.
6. Beans are gross, while refried beans are delicious.
7. Green beans are tolerable by themselves, but disgusting when mixed with macaroni and cheese.
8. Peas are fun to eat, but if one gets smashed, the party’s over.
9. Mixing different vegetables together is forbidden, as it’s simply too much work sorting them out to eat individually.
10. Brussels sprouts. Are you insane?
None of these rules made much sense to me at the time, except for the one about brussels sprouts (yuck), but at least the kids ate their veggies in one form or another.
These days, as my son and daughter have grown into maturing teens, only a few of the rules still ring true.
I’ll just stay quiet on which ones.
“I can’t wait to get sick again!”
That’s what I expected my kids to say once I showed them Dr. Cocoa, a new children’s cough and cold medicine made with real chocolate.
I grew up with the usual cherry-flavored cough syrup. To this day, anything with a strong cherry flavoring brings back unpleasant memories of childhood illness. Cherry Coke is the worst. It might as well be a glass full of Robitussin in my mind.
So, I was immediately intrigued by Dr. Cocoa when they sent me a few samples. Who doesn’t like chocolate? And why was it never added to cough medicine before?! Continue reading
You’d think this would be the easiest list to compile, since all household chores can be viewed as distasteful. Nobody likes chores, but there are definitely some that are worse than others. Continue reading
I’ve thought about this for a long time, and I’m sorry to have to say it.
It’s time for me to hang it up.
There are various reasons, but number one is I’m tired.
I’ve been tip-toeing around the issue for weeks now.
It’s just getting harder and harder to come up with the right words to express myself.
Sometimes I feel like nobody is even listening!
So, that’s it. I am decided.
There’s no talking me out of it.
I’m going to hang it up.
Kids, next time why don’t you just do it yourself so your dad doesn’t have to constantly be hanging it up for you!
Oh, and if it smells funny, please DO NOT hang it up. Toss it in the laundry room and I’ll wash it.
As parents, it seems like not a day goes by when we don’t get some sense of dread or disappointment involving or surrounding our children. Thankfully, these feelings are usually minor. We get over them quickly, or at least with very little pain and suffering.
With apologies to George Lucas, here are my
Top 6 “I Have A Bad Feeling About This” For Parents
1. The most common one occurs while sitting on the toilet, usually after you’ve concluded your business, when you look over to see that there is no toilet paper on the roll. How many times do we have to tell our kids to replace the paper after they’ve used it up?