Today’s episode of Best of Both Worlds was a fun one. My co-host Sarah and her family visited Philadelphia over Christmas break, and we recorded a handful of episodes on December 26th while our husbands herded the 7 children through the local kids’ museum.
(There were beer flights afterwards. For us, not the husbands, though they probably deserved them more.)
We discussed getting vacation days on the calendar in advance (look at your kids’ 2019-2020 calendars now! Also, if you’re not taking off the days they’re off, you’re going to need childcare.) We discussed how to plan days when you’re not traveling. Having at least one activity to get out of the house is good. I also note when we’re doing something that all of the kids enjoy, so I can mention this to the kids later when they grumble about leaving the house.
If you have young kids, there’s often a rhythm of a morning activity, nap + down time (roughly 1-3 p.m.) and then a post-nap activity. This can be very frustrating when some places close at 4 p.m. A request to kid-oriented institutions: please stay open until 5!
We discussed extended family trips. We recorded this right before my family of six flew to Indiana. The flight to Indiana is only about an hour and 40 minutes, but it felt really, really long sitting next to the 4-year-old. That said, it was probably still better than an 11-hour drive with all of us in the minivan. I discussed the virtues of the extended family making plans the night before so everyone can plan their energy for the next day.
Sarah’s family survived their flight from Miami, and my kids had a great time playing with hers. We drank out of our Best of Both Worlds mugs. This is pretty much just a conversational episode, but according to the Best of Both Worlds inaugural survey, people like those the most. So…enjoy!