Category Archives: Travel

Proud and Out in Budapest and Prague

My mother loves cake. Any kind of cake: chocolate, apple, layer, carrot, cream-filled, caramel-glazed, you name it. This is one of the many things I learned–or remembered–on the 10-day trip I recently took through Central Europe with my mother and … Continue reading

Posted in Grandparents, Parenting, Teenagers, Travel | Tagged , , , | 16 Comments

Good Enough for Grandma

Now I understand why my mother always brushed my bangs out of my eyes before we visited my grandmother. There’s something about seeing your parents that makes you turn a critical eye on your own child-rearing, and nothing says “bad … Continue reading

Posted in Family life, Grandparents, Kids, Parenting, Teenagers, Travel | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Honey, I Lost the Kids

I was up around Franconia, New Hampshire, on what my family always refers to as “yet another” girls’ weekend (while I typically preface it with “sorely needed”) when I committed a grave error. I texted my husband with a simple … Continue reading

Posted in Family life, Kids, Parenting, Travel | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

The Places Our Car Has Been

My husband and I tend to see eye to eye on the big issues that can make or break a marriage: politics, music, child-rearing, operating systems, sports teams. However, there is one area of dispute, religion and foreign films notwithstanding, … Continue reading

Posted in Family life, Parenting, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

A Family Vacation With Someone Else’s Family

The biggest disadvantage of having three kids covering a seven-year age span is that it is virtually impossible to find a family activity that makes everyone happy. Movie night, for instance, means either the 9-year-old hides her eyes during Pulp … Continue reading

Posted in Family life, Kids, Parenting, Reality check, Travel | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Rattlesnakes, Spiders and Bears

Oh my. My son returned home from a two week backpacking trip in the Blue Ridge mountains with some harrowing tales to tell, along with a smelly piece of freshly-killed-rattlesnake skin. A more anxious mother might have banned him from … Continue reading

Posted in Boys will be boys, Parenting, Teenagers, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Unaccompanied Minors

Now that the plane has landed, I can admit it: my three kids flew alone together from Boston to Orlando this morning, and I was petrified. For Christmas last year, my sisters-in-law and their partners gave my children the best … Continue reading

Posted in Family life, Kids, Parenting, Travel | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments