Despite this very blog, despite the fact that I’ve now parented THREE human children, I often forget I’m an “expert” on the subject of family travel. To me, a lot of this stuff is just life. It’s how we roll.
Every now and again, however, I’m reminded that people actually look to me for perspective. Such as earlier this week, when a reporter for The Washington Post featured me in her “On Parenting” article about tips for surviving summer road trips with kids.
The piece, titled, “How to conquer 4 common road trip challenges to have less chaos and more fun,” appeared online yesterday. I believe it will appear in print this coming weekend.
When I did the interview, I thought I might be one of 10 or 12 “experts” she was interviewing for the piece. Turns out I ended up being one of two central voices in the story. The other source: a super-smart woman named Lynne Ticknor, education director of the Parenting Education Program in Kensington, Maryland.
Overall, the story provides a cornucopia of tips for making family road trips easier. I share a bunch of tidbits I previously have offered here. It’s pretty neat to see them all organized into one single piece.
Please read the story. Please pass it along. And please heed my advice. I know I’ll be reviewing the pointers next month as the girls and I gear up for an 8-day SoCal down-and-back without Mom. Who knows? Maybe reading my own insights even will inspire me to try something new.