10 Reasons You Should Take a Cruise with the Kids

My family was very lucky that we were able to live abroad for two and half years when our girls were little.  During that time we took advantage of being able to travel and see new things.  In all, we visited 27 different countries.  ...more

Seven mistakes to avoid on your family vacation.

Top 7 mistakes to avoid while on your family vacation.  1.  Assuming your children will be grateful for the luxury lodge you chose for a week's vacation.  You could have paid less than half for a cabin in the woods with no amenities and a dark, bottomless lake that drops off immediately to untold depths....more

Help! Family Bickering is Going To Ruin My Vacation!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I'm soon headed on a vacation with my husband, kids and all his family. We are going to a beautiful place, and I know I won't be able to enjoy it because his family bickers non-stop. It's exhausting. Everyone does it. His parents, his siblings and their spouses. I don't even want to go except the kids and their cousins all have a great time. Ideas on survival?Signed,Can't We All Just Get Along?...more

8 Reasons Parenting Teenagers Is Awesome

I don't know about you, but when our kids were little, we used to look ahead to the teenage years with much fear and trepidation. "They are so cute," strangers would compliment our toddlers. Inevitably, they would then add, "Just wait till they're teenagers." If that doesn't fill you with dread, I don't know what will. ...more
Lifetuneups Even with the eye rolling, teens are pretty awesome. -Momomore

Making Family Time Truly Count

Let's be honest....more

Holiday Chaos: I'm Going Away So I Can Stay Present

Staying present when life is chaotic is damn hard these days....more

It's the Road Trip Destination, Okay?

It's true that family road trips can be fun and happy times, but there are those challenging stretches of highway. Here are some tips for helping you get there. ...more
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It's ALL in the Family! Multi-Generational Travel - the Hottest New Trend!

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon...more

Happy Campers

Shenandoah River State Park, with Massanutten Mountain in the distance...more

Family Vacations and Personal Expectations

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