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Traveling with small kids in no picnic. I spoke to U.S. News & World Report about hacks to make airline flights more tolerable. One of my favorite maxims is that, to parents, "spontaneity is the devil." This is especially translates into packing, snacks, entertainment and tantrum busting. Here are the topics discussed: Log on to the full story above for full explanation of tips.     Pack Smart Prepare for Boredom Use Bribery Get The Kids Involved Pick The Right...

The most difficult thing about becoming a parent is watching the concept of free time evaporate. In the old days,  “getting ready” was part of the fun of going out. Two luxurious hours could easily be invested in outfit selection and grooming. Your chart-topping responsibility along with your career and social life was looking good and having fun. Then came kids. Just like many other things in life, the simple pleasure of limitless free time...

It’s annoying enough to police your children’s digital excesses at home. But precious vacation time being wasted as they socialize virtually instead of engaging in the moment is the bane of 21st-century parenting. Heeding parents’ frustrations, hotels and resorts have responded with adolescent-savvy programming that encourages real-world interaction. After a day on the slopes, the BC<3t2 (Beaver Creek Loves Teens Too) program in Colorado kicks into gear (during the winter and spring seasons) with field trips...

Getting kids to behave is not genetic. It's an art, a tap dance of give and take that hinges upon a parent's ability to be 10 steps ahead of looming meltdowns. This is especially true with travel. Fact: Flying with children is a disaster waiting to happen. Land mines abound: enclosed space, hunger, boredom, medical maladies, and, worst of all, non-specified freak-outs that don't have an obvious remedy. So, how can a parent stave off tantrums at...

Washington DC is like the Magic Kingdom of culture. But, instead of rides and make believe characters, the city serves up activities that make living history the star attraction. The city’s bounty of world class museums, iconic monuments and landmarks define it as one of the most exciting destinations in America. Before heading to DC, do some research and plan your days carefully. There is so much to do that it is easy to get overwhelmed....

The end of March is a magical time for kids. The snow is melting and that wonderful week known as Spring Break arrives. While some families get out of dodge, many opt to stay local and have a Staycation. I stopped by Good Day Chicago this morning to chat with Jon Kelley about hotels with family fabulous Spring Break programs right here Sweet Home Chicago. Here are my best bets: VIDEO FOX 32 News Chicago THE JAMES Lil’ James Family...

Is it OK to Spy On Your Kids?   Spying on your kids. It’s a divisive issue. But, like it or not, monitoring your kids is all a part of parenting. I was asked by CNN’s Kelly Wallace how I felt about the issue. Here is what I said. And, below, is Kelly’s entire piece published on Cnn.com this morning. What do you think about spying on your children? Spying. It depends on your kid and his/her age. Intellectually, I...

My story from HuffingtonPost.com I took a five-year hiatus from working out. Not because I wanted to. But because I got sucked into the vortex of motherhood. Between diapers, meal preparation, organizing kid activities and keeping up with my own career, my needs fell to the bottom of my to-do list. Before I realized it, my triceps softened and belly turned into an unflattering vision that resembled a mélange of Yoplait mixed with lumpy mashed potatoes....

Women fantasize about leaping back into their pre-pregnancy jeans right after giving birth. I mean, celebrities do it, so why cant the average woman? Seeing A-Listers supersonically whittle their waists puts enormous pressure on new moms. Truth:  stars have an army of help: nannies, personal trainers and chefs to help them get back into shape. For real women, dropping the weight take some time. As January is always about fresh starts, I penned a story...