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On The Road Again

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”  – Babs Hoffman

I try my best to live by these words in my daily life, but no more so than in the summer. For many of us, summer is a time for a road trip, and I love a good driving journey, as long as it includes yummy snacks and catchy tunes. I checked in around The Mom & Caregiver office to find out where my carefree co-workers are road-tripping this summer. Here’s what they had to say:

Our copy editor, Sabrina, has plans to follow a favourite band through the American Midwest. Graphic designer, Alison, catches up with girlfriends on a yearly jaunt to a cottage in Minden. And assistant editor, Melissa, just returned from a family get-away to the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. This gives me so much inspiration, yet so little time. The summer is flying by, and I’d still love to fit in a road trip to Nashville.

Our youngest authors (only 12 years old!) offer their two cents in Cars! Cars! Cars! Mikaeel would love to travel to Northern Ontario to view lakes and forests in a Porsche. Ella would road trip in a big convertible on the car ferry to PEI. See more from Ella and Mikaeel on page __.

Are you looking for an adventure this August? While it may not be the first destination that comes to mind for young ones, Las Vegas has cheap and family-friendly activities to enjoy. Sherri Telenko helps us turn Sin City into Kid City on page __.

If travel is not on your summer to-do list, then hear out Frank Emanuele. He shares his Top Ten Family Summer Activities in this month’s Frankly Fatherhood. Stay at home in your own backyard with sprinklers and barbecues! Then get your kids in the kitchen to whip up a cool batch of homemade popsicles. No need to heat up the house with baking when dessert can be Summer Berry Banana Yogurt Pops – YUM! See page __ for the full recipe.

So, here’s my August challenge to you, parents. Drop what you’re doing – put down the laundry basket, tuck away your cell phone, or set aside your never-ending chore list – and take a trip. Whether it’s a grand road trip or simply an escape to your own backyard, make memories with your kids while the summer’s still here!

Sabina Manji, a lifelong Londoner, is an irrepressible entrepreneur, mother of a wonderful son, and also a committed volunteer.


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