Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Junior Executives Young Family Members Following Mom, Dad around on Business Trips

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Junior Executives Young Family Members Following Mom, Dad around on Business Trips

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When Elliot Beddor is in New York on business, he stays at a small hotel where the staff knows him. There and in other cities, he takes in the sights when his schedule permits. His nap schedule, that is.

Elliot, the 15-month-old son of a Minneapolis retailing executive, is one of a growing legion of pint-size travelers who tag along on mom's or dad's business trips.

About 15 percent of the 275 million business trips taken in 1995 included children, up from 12 percent of 222 million trips in 1990, says the Travel Industry Association of America. As in olden days, many trips involve a working dad, stay-at-home mom and kids. But increasingly, working parents are going on the road with one or two children, and perhaps a nanny. The youngest travelers sightsee or swim in the hotel pool while their parent works. Older children go to kids' camps proliferating at hotels that are eager for such business. In-between or after work, the fun begins. "I get to see more of Elliot when I travel than when I'm home," said his mom, Gail Dorn, vice president of communications and community relations for Dayton Hudson Corp. "In between meetings, he's right there." Of course, taking baby along is often tricky. Changing a diaper in a closet-sized airplane bathroom is a challenge. An earache on the road is doubly painful to all. And novel foods don't always sit well. Yet parents say the effort is worth it, providing not only extra time with their children but also opportunities for children to see the working world and the wide world. T.J. Cline, a 2 1/2-year-old, has flown more than 100 times, said his mother, Nancy Lieberman-Cline, a former professional basketball player. "To me, there's only been an upside to taking him with me." A child might say the same. "Sometimes I miss my Mom. I'd rather be on a trip with her," said Elayna Schranz, the 6-year-old daughter of Hilton hotels executive Joanie Flynn. For many parents, business trips are a staple of work life. Yet the trips are also growing shorter (3.1 nights on average) and more frequent (5.73 a year) - a trend conducive to taking a child along. …

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