The first installment is just in time for school vacation week, which starts Monday in Massachusetts. Here it is!
Read the rest online at Boston.com (I offer up 5 tips for making it to your destination with your sanity mostly intact) or pick up a copy of today's Boston Globe. Got an idea that would be perfect for "In the Parenthood"? Drop me a line! WriteEditRepeat at gmail dot com.
Plan more than just the route before your family road trip
By Lylah M. Alphonse, Globe Staff
A couple of months ago, my husband and I piled our youngest kids and the dog into the car and drove 1,500 miles to Florida to spend time with the rest of our blended family - our big kids, who were with their mom and stepdad.
That’s 1,500 miles each way.
I’ll be honest with you: I was really worried about the trip. I’m not big on camping, or on long drives, and knew that this trip would be a little of both. But kenneling the dog and flying the four of us there would cost more than a mortgage payment, so in
spite of my misgivings, driving seemed to be the best way to go.
The trip started ominously. Intended departure time: 4 a.m. Amended departure time: 10 a.m. Actual departure time: 1:51 p.m. Time of first “Are we there yet?’’:
1:57 p.m. ...