It's been a long time coming.
Anyone who has flown with young kids in recent years knows it's not uncommon to find that your preschooler has been assigned a seat half a plane away. All too often, parents are told it is up to them to ask someone to switch seats.
In one case I wrote about, a mom with autistic twins was forced to go to her ...Read more
"You're kidding!" The river is beyond freezing, as if wheelbarrows full of ice cubes had been dumped into the water.
Even worse, slick rocks line the riverbed where my daughter Mel declares we have to cross -- barefoot -- to avoid soaking our boots and socks. She neglects to mention it, but this is the first of a dozen river crossings on this ...Read more
Water slides, giant pools, white sandy beaches, kids' clubs and plenty for grown-ups to do; all that and an environmental lesson or two.
A trip to the beach is a perfect summer getaway -- and a bargain too. As long as you opt for a destination that's off-season in summer -- like the Caribbean or Arizona -- you can have your pick of deals. You ...Read more
Skip the fireworks! No, I'm not crazy. I know fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations with cities trying to outdo each other with bigger and better displays, but, especially if you have young kids, they may be frightened by the noise, the dark and the crowds. I remember more than one July 4th ...Read more
In the Shadows of the Oaks: An Urban TaleFrank Settineri
This is a love story between Sean, Landi and Brenda, the latter who were once best friends and now are indelible enemies.
As their relationships spin out of control the surrounding urban community races out of control, besieged by the murder of a black youth by a white policeman, a ...
What's first the new, super-fast waterslide, IMAX movie or SkyRide attraction?
If you pick SkyRide, you get bragging rights for being among the first to ride a bike on an 800-foot track suspended 150 feet above the ocean. "You're strapped in so it wasn't scary," reported Thomas Skeen, 11. If that ...Read more
Brian Duffy isn't your typical well-traveled dad. In fact, he has long had a unique vantage point -- from outer space. Duffy is a retired astronaut who logged nearly 41 days in space and, before that, thousands of hours as a pilot.
"My wife couldn't sleep very well when I wasn't on the planet," he joked the other day at a lunch to showcase all ...Read more
Barbara Cioffi had no concerns when she boarded the crowded train to Rome with her husband and two kids. But she did have a surprise in store.
"When you listen to the coverage at home," the St. Louis mom said, "it sounds like everyone in Europe is afraid. But then you get on the trains packed with people going about their daily lives and you ...Read more
The six children of President Theodore Roosevelt had lots of room to "scramble," as they said -- a 23-room house and 95 acres on Long Island, complete with many pets (everything from dogs, turtles, pigs, ponies, rabbits, even a badger and black bear cub), water sports and a dad who, no matter how busy, loved nothing more than ...Read more
Why do those mountains look so blue?
The Cherokee described the Smoky Mountains as "shaconage," meaning "blue, like smoke."
That blue tint is actually water vapor from all the rain in the peaks that feeds the waterfalls and the streams where fishing is so popular.
HAVANA, Cuba -- Talk about bragging rights!
Tyson Russell, 10, his younger sister Lucy, 8, and a gaggle of cousins were the first American kids to step off an American ship in Cuba in more than 50 years.
"Cool," Tyson said.
"No one I know has been here," added his cousin Jacob Russell, 12. "It's exciting!"
It's all the more exciting because ...Read more
What's in your bag? If you're a mom on a trip with her kids, you probably feel like you've got everything you might need, whatever happens -- minor injuries, delays, hunger, thirst, meltdowns -- not to mention your electronic devices, passports, if you're leaving the country, toys, itineraries and maybe even a guidebook. That's not even ...Read more