Category Archives: family

Digital detox

Screen-free family time is the goal of many parents when planning vacations.

Budget-lovers appreciate the low fees of state and national parks and campgrounds. If you’re considering popular locations, don’t delay: book cabins and campsites now for summer.

And if it’s a first-time camping experience, try a one night getaway at a location close to home.

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Shifts in the balancing act

“Bring a child to work” days have been transformed into co-working spaces everyday.

Growing awareness of equality in the workplace has forced companies to offer child-friendly environments for employees.

Amenities to foster a healthier workplace have gone beyond the early morning yoga classes and fitness center to include on site licensed childcare and such self-care services as laundry services and expanded healthcare.

“Fur babies”

Did you view a pet as a “starter child?”

A growing number of pet parents view caring for their dog, cat or iguana as practice for having children.

So many people celebrate pet milestones like birthdays and obedience class graduation, it’s obvious that the fur baby economy is a real phenomena!

Impact vacations

Mission trips traditionally take tweens and teens move beyond their comfort zones, but this summer, more families are making a difference through “impact vacations.”

Volunteering with a charity near home or in a vacation destination gives entire families the opportunity to serve. Activities vary with location, but often include cleaning up highway trash, delivering groceries to the elderly, and doing yard word for cancer patients.

I anticipate family impact vacations will be even more popular next summer.

“Impact vacations” trending

Researchers show that Americans prioritize “making a difference.”

That’s why I’m not surprised so many families are taking “impact vacations.”

Helping to install a park playground, paint a house for a low-income family or volunteer at a special event for developmentally disabled adults are being included in summer trips and travel.

The definition of what it means to raise children in a healthy, balanced environment is expanding to include helping those outside the family circle.

You are important

“Quality time with people close to me” ranked first in recent research. Those surveyed: 9-11 year olds in the U.S.

Although tweens frequently go through a “smart mouth” season that can last for years, spending time with family ranks as their top activity. This result was identical to research findings five years ago.

Population replacement?

The shift toward smaller families is becoming noticeable.

Some school districts have already recorded declining enrollment, a sure indication that funding changes are on the horizon, too.

Researchers note that Millennials continue to delay having children. The number of births in the U.S. isn’t keeping up with the number of deaths. Can you hear the cheers from fans of negative population growth?