How do we Teach Kids to be Ethical Travelers?

How do we Teach Kids to be Ethical Travelers?

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to share the story with us. Thanks for visiting!I recently read an article about the ethical treatment of elephants in Thailand. I feel sometimes when I travel with my daughter, we do often go for what is easy. We stay at resorts, or approved hotels or vacation rentals. We shop at Target to replenish our stocks of clothing soiled by potty-training fails. When I read the article about the elephants, it…

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How to Experience Knott’s Berry Farm with Toddlers

How to Experience Knott’s Berry Farm with Toddlers

Let’s say you’re visiting Los Angeles or Southern California with your young ones in tow. What to do? How can you maximize the sunshine? Surely you will look at the gargantuan House of Mouse, but would your littlest ones enjoy it? With waits getting longer, and fellow guests getting less pleasant, maybe you’d prefer an easier, less expensive day in the sun. Why not try out Knott’s Berry Farm with toddlers? I think you will be pleasantly surprised as I was. A Little…

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Travel with Toddlers: 11 Ways to Ease the Pain

Travel with Toddlers: 11 Ways to Ease the Pain

When you picture travel with toddlers, what do you imagine? Recently a friend told me, “Well, you know, it was really getting past the time when we should be traveling with my daughter.” At the time, her daughter had just turned about 15 months. I don’t think it’s a secret that traveling with youngsters from ages one to three can be challenging. Well, OK, fraught with peril is a more accurate description. Before they can walk, kids can be distracted,…

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Forget the Snow! Celebrate the Holidays in Los Angeles

Forget the Snow! Celebrate the Holidays in Los Angeles

When you think of your favorite winter holiday, what do you picture? Snow piled outside your window, soggy mittens landing in a heap by the door? The chill in the air turning your nose redder than Rudolph? Palm trees? Ha! We have all that and more when you decide to celebrate the holidays in Los Angeles. Skip the flights cancelled due to ice, the caroling when everyone has strep throat, Jack Frost who does not so pleasantly nip at your…

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Put Down the Phone!: The Unplugged Vacation

Put Down the Phone!: The Unplugged Vacation

Does this sound like your family? Each night, you gather around the dinner table. You have worked hard tonight, you avoided the bagged salad and hand-chopped all those carrots. You set the plates on the table, and immediately your kids say, “I want to eat at the coffee table. Can I watch YouTube?” Maybe your husband works long hours like mine, and enjoys flipping through photos on the Chive to relax. Even during hours when he is supposed to be…

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Make a Date at Terranea and Call the Babysitter

Make a Date at Terranea and Call the Babysitter

Has this ever happened to you? You show up at a holiday event, find a seat, “enjoy” your banquet chicken, and…suddenly realize it is literally the last place on Earth you want to be. Apart from inside the middle of an active volcano. Interestingly, this has now happened twice to my husband and me. The first time, we schmoozed for about an hour then went to the hotel steakhouse. This time, we drove about twenty miles north for a date…

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Resilience for Kids: How to Get Back Up Again

Resilience for Kids: How to Get Back Up Again

Resilience. It has haunted me lately. As I write this, much of my adopted home state of California burns. Apparently, the combination of faster-than-average Santa Ana winds, recent scorching summer, and wet winter in 2016 has led to a state that can go up like a tinderbox. Last month following the devastating fires in Sonoma and Santa Rosa, I watched anxiously as people walked back over the areas where their homes stood. They surveyed the damage, tried to collect what…

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