A friend was driving her kids to the beach recently. Bicker, argue, question, request, bicker, argue, question, request. For 90+ miles. Somewhere near Milford, she told them that there would be no more questions, no more arguing, no more requests, and in fact no more talking AT ALL until they got to Lewes.
The two-year-old kept right on insisting on snacks and entertainment. The rising 3rd grader accepted this and quieted down. The rising 5th grader thought about it for a minute, and launched into a well-argued soliloquy on the constitution and how we, as Americans, are guaranteed certain freedoms and one of them is freedom of speech and so her mother was violating her constitutional rights by telling her she could not speak for the duration of the trip.
Ready to head to the beach? Or maybe dreaming about what vacation was like BEFORE kids? I remember crying with my sister-in-law on our first vacation with babies. This was NOT a vacation AT ALL! It was the same work in a new place and babies ALWAYS get new teeth, fevers and diarrhea on vacation!! Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration but that is how it felt! So what can you do to be prepared and actually enjoy your getaways?
1. Adjust your expectations. Lying on the beach when you have young children is unpleasant at best. Sand eating, sunburn, hat hating and wandering are just some experiences that will need your constant attention. Try to divide up the vacation childcare with your spouse or a trusted caregiver so that you can get … [Read More...]
Summer survival, I’m learning, is all about lowering expectations. Here’s a quick guide on how to do that:
Step One: Adopt these three simple mantras.
1. I can’t care about everything.
2. Done is better than perfect.
3. That’s not MP … [Read More...]
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