A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Overpack and hope for the best
Tuesday, 6 Jul, 2010 – 10:14 | One Comment
Overpack and hope for the best

Coloring books: New and unsullied, accompanied by a fresh pack of crayons. Check.
MP3 players: Charged, with new songs loaded. Check.
Snacks: Enough to cover the midnight munchies plus breakfast the next day because the chances are …

The problem with peanuts and planes
Thursday, 17 Jun, 2010 – 14:26 | Comments Off
The problem with peanuts and planes

With an energy level that makes coffee nervous and a comedic style that coaxes even the most reticent into the water, Miss S is the best swim instructor on the planet.
This morning, she also was …

Riding in cars with boys
Tuesday, 15 Jun, 2010 – 14:08 | Comments Off
Riding in cars with boys

If you ask the guys, they’ll happily complain loudly about it. They’re the last kids at Fort Irwin, maybe even the world, who don’t have Nintendo DSes, and it’s all because their mom is mean, …

Getting there is all the battle
Wednesday, 25 Nov, 2009 – 12:00 | Comments Off
Getting there is all the battle

I’ll admit it: I’m a spoiled brat who never had to travel more than an hour for Thanksgiving as a kid. Until this year, the guys never had to ride more than five minutes.
So imagine …

Bummed at the beach because I take too much stuff
Monday, 28 Sep, 2009 – 13:05 | Comments Off
Bummed at the beach because I take too much stuff

Here’s a new market for UHaul should the foreclosure-induced uptick slow:
Install kiosks on beaches. Have four-wheelers available and offer optional trailers. Then sit back and watch the bucks roll in as one frustrated husband after …

Keep looking back – at least a little longer in car seats
Monday, 15 Jun, 2009 – 20:00 | 9 Comments
Keep looking back – at least a little longer in car seats

Now I know how one of my sisters-in-law felt when I asked her not to turn baby Big Guy on his belly while he slept.
Her youngest child was only 6, and her pediatrician always had …

Peanuts and pets at altitude
Friday, 29 May, 2009 – 22:34 | 2 Comments
Peanuts and pets at altitude

Want to kick off a cat fight? Confine hundreds of people in a cramped, narrow tube 30,000 feet above the ground and put them in proximity to something they can’t stand.
In the case of Southwest …

Murphy’s Law: The top 10 corollaries for vacations with kids
Sunday, 19 Apr, 2009 – 20:10 | 2 Comments
Murphy’s Law: The top 10 corollaries for vacations with kids

Take an average family of four, minus Dad because Mom and the kids are traveling to see him. Add a last-minute frenzied rush to get out of town that makes the most disorganized two-minute drill …

Waiting for the resting part of vacation
Tuesday, 14 Apr, 2009 – 11:53 | Comments Off
Waiting for the resting part of vacation

Vacation: Leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure.
See, the dictionary is flat wrong about this. To find the real definition, you have to trace the word back to its roots.
Vacate: Leave (a …

Simple Gifts: For kids on the go
Wednesday, 10 Dec, 2008 – 22:28 | Comments Off
Simple Gifts: For kids on the go

Know a family that’s constantly on the go or planning a long trip in the near future?
You could buy a $60 travel set, complete with cup holders and desktop — $15 “accessory kit” optional. Or …

Facing a day of reckoning with the Happiest Place on Earth
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 14:07 | One Comment
Facing a day of reckoning with the Happiest Place on Earth

It’s all my fault for being a sentimental schmuck.
I could have made the toy go bye-bye a few weeks ago when I bagged a bunch of its stuffed comrades and hid them in the garage …

Terror in the skies
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 19:37 | Comments Off

To the gentleman sitting in 20C on Delta Flight 1006 April 18, I apologize. If you’ll drop me a note, I’ll gladly cover any expense related to permanent ear damage.

Little Guy was having a bad day. A really bad day. Which meant most of the passengers on a Boeing 757 got to enjoy his misery for roughly four hours and 24 minutes between Sacramento and Atlanta. Mr. 20C, who was directly in front of Little Guy, bore the brunt of it. And there was nothing I could do.

Worst of all, I hadn’t even seen it coming.

My kids are veteran fliers – we usually go back east twice a year to visit family – so I wasn’t concerned. I remembered the first trip with Big Guy, a mere eight months old at the time, and got cocky. The man seated next to us tried every trick short of bribery to get the flight attendant to move him, but the plane was full and he was stuck. Big Guy was angelic, he congratulated us, and I wondered why people get so uptight about flying with kids.