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Wine Tasting with Toddlers

Wine Tasting with Toddlers

Sunlight refracts through the glass, casting ruby red shadows over the burnished wood bar. The limo idles in the long driveway, ready to whisk you off to the next vineyard. The musty smell of grapes soaks into your pores, coaxing you to relax. Then there comes a loud BAM! CRASH! Your 2 year old starts screaming. Ah, yes. I’ve had that nightmare too about going wine tasting with toddlers. But does it need to be that way? A tacit parental…

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Safe Family Vacation Spots in 2017: places to go considering hurricanes, earthquakes and Zika

Safe Family Vacation Spots in 2017: places to go considering hurricanes, earthquakes and Zika

The images of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma flashed across the TV. Waves rolled against deserted beaches under an ominous sky. Neighbors pulled one another through flooded streets in pontoon boats. Not that my two year old noticed, as immersed as she is lately in Paw Patrol. As I watched the Weather Channel, I wanted to wrap her in a protective bubble or lock her high up in a tower, far away from the horrifying stories of digging through rubble in Mexico City…

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Why I Travel with my Toddler

Why I Travel with my Toddler

My husband said I was being irrational, an unpleasant side effect of watching far too many zombie movies. I worried constantly about bringing a child into the post-9/11 world. The twentieth century had altered the world so dramatically, and the 21st seemed to hurtle at breakneck speeds. Globalization holds such promise, but inspires fear and has led to a nationalism and xenophobia that I find unsettling. It did not seem fair to bring a child into this Brave New World….

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