Me in a Tree

Archive for July, 2010


Taking a road trip can be a fun way to spend time together. You can plan your road trip as a family and decide where you’ll stop along the way. Just don’t forget to think of things to do in the car before you get on the road.

Spending eleven hours in the car with a seven-and four-year-old could be difficult. But my parents decided to brave it with my nieces, reasoning that their first road trip to Calgary would keep them busier than hanging around Grandma and Grandpa’s house for a week. Luckily they are experts at finding things to do in the car. (They once hauled my two siblings and I across the U.S. for a month)

Here are some of their favorite things to do in the car. Use them when you run out of activities and car games to play in the car:


In the words of Aretha Franklin “All I’m asking is for a little respect”

What exactly is respect? Well I suppose it can be many different things to many different people. In our house it’s always been about being aware of what other people’s needs are. They need to feel important, they need to feel heard, they need to feel understood, they need others to be pleasant to them and to take care of them and their property and they need to feel appreciated.  Now with that said, I expect you will say “Boy people are needy” and you are probably right, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it can keep others on their toes.


Another school year is over and kids are packing their bags to head off for a week or more at camp. It’s exciting but nerve-wracking too, for parents and kids. The biggest concerns for many are homesickness and just plain missing one another.

Happily, you can keep your family bond strong when you’re separated. The following tips will help you stay connected even while you’re apart so everyone can have a great summer.

  1. Share your plans. Before everyone heads off in a different direction, talk to one another about what you’ll be doing. Kids may feel more comfortable if they can picture what mom and dad are doing while they’re away.
  2. Prepare for being apart. Talk to your children about what homesickness is and why it happens. Explain that it can happen to anyone and give ideas for getting over it, like joining an activity or talking to a friend or counselor.
  3. Pack a calendar. Mark the date you’ll see each other again on your Me in a Tree calendar, print it out and send it with your child for a daily reminder that you’ll be together again.

For some kids, the long, lazy days of summer get to be really long. There’s only so much hanging out they can do and doing stuff with friends costs money that mom and dad may not be willing to shell out. Getting a job can fill some hours, provide a steady source of funds for fun activities and help your kids learn important life skills.

The types of summer for kids vary depending on the age of the child. But rest assured, even young children can find ways to earn money. The key is to make getting a summer job fun instead of a chore.