Magazine article Working Mother

Vacation Chronicle

Magazine article Working Mother

Vacation Chronicle

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This spring break, wherever you roam, help your kids bring home tangible memories via travelogues they create themselves. Consider these ideas from parenting columnist and kid style expert Elina Furman.

Map it. Beat the "Are we there yet?" whine by having your child track exactly where you are at any given minute. Before leaving home, print and enlarge a map of your route. In the car, have him use stickers to mark the spots of pre-designated road sites. By air, he can tick off landmarks the captain calls out over the intercom-or you can enlist the flight attendants to tell him when you're over noteworthy locales.

Journal it. Have your kid decorate a notebook, designing the cover with your destination(s) in mind and enlivening it with pictures from magazines or the Internet. Encourage him to record what he sees and does with words and sketches as you travel. He can snap pics of favorite sights with an instant sticker camera and paste them in. Pens with metallic ink give jottings a special sheen.

Collect it. A CD binder or small photo album makes a terrific "memory keeper." In it, your budding adventurer can store vacay mementoes as you go: ticket stubs, receipts, trinkets like pebbles and shells and hotel sugar packets. When you're home again, select evenings to look through all your child's travel records together (map, journal, binder) and re-create your fantastic voyage.

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