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LITTLE KID CAMP

For parents of preschoolers, thinking about the summer months can spark moments of sheer panic.


Working parents may worry about who will watch their child once school lets out. Stay-at-home parents may blanch at the thought of finding activities to keep kids entertained every day.


Luckily, there are plenty of summer camp options to keep your 3- to 5-year-old engaged and educated. The trick is ...

HEAD OUT ON THE HIGHWAY

Recently, my husband and I were discussing potential family travel plans for the year. As usual, we were heavy on ideas (France, anyone?) and light on finances. Eventually, the topic of recreational vehicles – or RVs – came up, as did our mutual desire to introduce the kids to camping and to other states in this great nation of ours. Apparently, we’re not the only ones who’ve stumbled upon this idea.

"I would do it again in a minute," says San Ramon mother of two Melinna Gershik, who has twice traveled through Alaska with her family in an RV.

DOES YOUR TEEN NEED A ‘GAP' YEAR?

When Tina Case's daughter inched ever closer to graduating from high school last year, the Saratoga mom was worried. Was the 17-year-old girl even ready to handle college?


Concerned, Case sought the advice of some of her daughter's cousins. Both said they wished they had taken time to travel and explore before taking on the heavy commitment of college.


Eventually, Case's daughter took a “gap year” between high school and college. She traveled ...

ORG CHART: AIRPORT TRAVEL

I can’t think of anything more challenging than traveling by air with your family: you never have enough hands, other passengers avoid you like the plague, and nobody comments on how cute your kids are.

No matter how much I prepare, I always overlook something during the airport obstacle course (usually resulting in having to throw out a very expensive bottle of hair product.) But enough, already. Here are ...

BRING BACK THE FIELD TRIP

Remember the excitement you felt as a kid going on a school field trip? The whole process, from ferrying the precious parent approval form safely to school to scurrying to get the "best" seat on the bus, was one I looked forward to for months.


These days, our kids aren’t so lucky. The persistent march of state education budget cuts has rung the death knell for many field trips across local school districts. 

THE MAGIC NUMBER

When it comes to building a family, is there a “right” number of children ?


For San Rafael's Reva Rao and her husband, having one child gives them the flexibility to balance their careers and lifestyle while ensuring their 8-year-old daughter has the attention she deserves.


For Kay Hunt and her husband, the six children they've adopted gives their East Bay home the bustling atmosphere each has always dreamed of.


The answer to how many kids to have is simple ...

 

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