Well, we’ve finally had it.
Iden’s flagrant use of technology as we explored the exceptional Nevada countryside flipped the switch from rational parenting to threats. And what is there to say but cooler heads have not prevailed.
He played games instead of taking advantage of the fantastic pools at our Holiday Inn Club Vacations Las Vegas Desert Club resort. He played games on the Black Canyon River Adventures bus on the way to the Hoover Dam. He even tried to play games on our Colorado river pontoon boat as we floated below the majestic Hoover Dam.
I’m pretty sure he knew his number was up and he was trying to pack in as much game time as possible before the big dust up. Continue reading “Iden, your iPad is gone, gone, gone”
When we found out we’d be going to visit Las Vegas, my parents knew where they wanted to go first: the Hoover Dam. Not the Vegas strip. Not a Vegas show, like Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana. Not the casinos. Apparently it’s on their bucket list (what ever that is). Continue reading “Dammed Colorado!”
One more thought before we embark on our epic road trip to Vegas and the West Coast: Can our middle … Continue reading Will he spend our entire road trip playing video games?
With nicknames like Sin City, the Gambling Capital of the World and a trademark what-happens-here-stays-here reputation, you might think taking your kids to Las Vegas would be a mistake.
Sure, there’s smoking, gambling, red-hot adult entertainment, an “always-on” atmosphere and permission to be someone you’re not — all of which you really can’t do if you’ve got the kids in tow.
But our eyes were opened when we talked about the strip with friends from Hawaii. They’d just attended a family reunion and had a blast.
In Vegas? No way! Continue reading “We’re taking the kids to Vegas – deal with it!”
Tempted to bring your kids along on your next business trip? You might want to resist.
At the very least, don’t lie and tell them it’s a family vacation. Because unless you plan carefully, their expectations will probably be higher than you can deliver.
Mixing business and pleasure usually starts with the best of intentions: Your business convention, meeting or negotiation is being held at a well-known family destination or famous historic city. You’re near a bucket-list attraction, like Disneyworld or the Grand Canyon, and you say to yourself, “How could I not bring the whole family?”
Continue reading “Did you ruin your family vacation with a business trip?”
When my parents said we’d be visiting St. Pete Beach this weekend, we were stoked! There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than splashing water in your brother’s face. Except maybe burying your sister up to her neck in sand.
Continue reading “Look out! There’s a sea monster on St. Pete Beach”
“Mom,” my 11-year-old son asked, “can I go to film camp in New York this summer?”
Film camp? You want to fly to Newark alone? Stay in the Big Apple without your parents?
Even though we’ve been traveling as a family since Aren was a month old, I heard myself whispering the answer reflexively, like the native New Yorker I am: “Fuggetaboutit.” Continue reading “Would you let this tween travel alone?”
When we were young and childless, Chris and I would joke that we loved kids one of two ways: in a cream sauce or slowly roasted over an open flame.
We still find that kind of amusing in a macabre way. So it really shouldn’t have shocked us when our little snowflake became the fly in someone’s soup at a restaurant a few years ago.
The incident happened at an airport restaurant in Detroit after a long flight. We had to let our two-year-old toddle around the restaurant a little. He grabbed a fork and walked around the table.
Seconds later, we heard another patron yelling: “What makes you think I’d want to interact with your son?” Continue reading “Do your little brats offend travelers?”
Instead of getting all summer lazy, we’ve decided to set some goals.
We started simple, asking the kids what they wanted to do this summer. Where should we go? What should we do? Is there something new they want to try? Continue reading “Whatcha doin’ this summer?”
July 4th is a special day in the United States, but it’s really special for my mom. It’s when she sings with the Orlando Concert Band at Lake Eola Park and we have a front row view to the synchronized explosions that rock Orlando. Continue reading “Things went boom in the night”