How to Take Kids on Vacation (and Still Keep Your Sanity)

Column Day. And yes, I’m still in vacation mode – or writing-about-vacation mode, at least. I promise I won’t milk our road trip forever, but I figured it was good for at least one more column.

This week I share some tips to help you have a family vacation that won’t leave you more exhausted than when you started.

The trick is not to aim for TOO much fun. I figure you should keep everyone busy enough so they don’t complain about being bored, but not so busy that they wind up making this face:

That, my friends, is the face of Vacation Overload. Too much stimulation,  too many people, no sense of normalcy, not enough downtime.

Vacations are breeding grounds for great memories — and terrific meltdowns. I don’t know about your kids, but mine get a little off-kilter when they’re away from their normal routines for too long. That’s why it’s important to build in some chill-out time.

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