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Teachable Vacation Moments – But for Whom?

You take a trip, your kids do great, and on the last day you let them pick out a special souvenir.  Sound familiar?  But what happens if they lose that souvenir before they ever get home? Let’s say it gets left behind, at the hotel or on the airplane.  Your child gets home, eager to use it and it cannot be found.  The house gets searched, the car gets searched, the backpack gets checked over and over again – but alas, it’s not there.  Tears fall, his heart breaks, until a light bulb goes off in his head:  hey, I wonder if I can find it on Amazon?!

You know as he sits there clicking the mouse what the search result will be.  Yes, he will find it there – at even a slightly better price than you paid (thank you very much) at the gift shop.  But that isn’t really the point – is it?  The point is that …

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My Secret Summer Savior: BINGO

BINGOchartSummer is just about here and I’m a little nervous.  I always start off with good intentions.  I say it will be a time to relax, to ease up on schedules, to just BE for a while.  But about halfway through, this Zen Mama Wannabe starts LOSING MY MIND.  The bickering, the begging for more screen time, the moaning about having to run errands, the longing for just a hour or so of time for ME – just to be able to think and have some quiet.  (This is why other parents sign their kids up for camps all summer – I get it.  I do).  So, here I sit – wondering how the heck it will go and if it can live up to my initial expectations?  (I wonder, does anything ever?)

Last summer, in response to my calls of desperation, I got a tip from my best friend that was a lifesaver.  Yep, truly brilliant.  She suggested I …

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What’s your Summer Dream Vacation?

"What’s your dream?  Everybody’s got a dream."  So says the guy walking Hollywood Boulevard in the movie Pretty Woman (a perennial click-flick favorite of mine).  More specifically, what’s your summer dream vacation?  Where would you go?  What would your dream be?

An obvious, shoots-out-of-my-mouth-without-thinking kind of answer, is the Caribbean.  Beautiful white sand beaches, warm turquoise-colored water, lots of sunshine, fragrant warm air, tropical drinks and a whole stack of books and magazines to peruse and delve into….sounds heavenly.  The only time I’ve been there is on my honeymoon – but it was all that and more!

But two kids later, being able to peacefully sit ANYWHERE for more than 10 minutes, is unheard of.  And this Zen Mama Wannabe, who spent her teenage and college years baking in the Southern California beach sun (with baby oil slathered on – for heaven’s sake!) has become fully aware of just how damaging the sun’s rays can be.  I’m all about the …

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