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Thursday, March 11, 2010


Karen Paul-Stern

First of all, I'm jealous of your van. When our van died two years ago, we decided we could no longer justify the gas guzzling and got a (very) small car for our family of 5. Vacation trips are now what you might call cozy. I have to say that despite our lower gas bills, I miss the behemoth.

That being said, my ploy with my kids when they were little was to stock up on fun sticker books and little travel toys (target is a good place to get them, as is Child's Play), and pack them all in a backpack. They were not allowed to see anything until we were already on the road (or on the plane) and I would take things out one at a time, calibrated for the length of the trip. Games were interspersed with snacks, of course. Now that they're all older, they basically just plug in for the duration, which has its charms as well, as it allows me to read and snooze.

Good luck!


Wow. Evernote. I didn't know about it 5 minutes ago, and now I don't see how I ever lived without it. Thanks!

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