For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


The virtues of traveling with kids

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 07/13/2013 - 9:43am

Traveling to new places with kids is an amazing adventure. It shakes you out of your comfort zone, stretches you in new ways, and shows you what you're made of. It is a great learning experience for the whole family. I highly recommend it.

A very family vacation

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 9:32am

Last week our family accomplished our whirlwind summer vacation. And it was quite an accomplishment. For our nine nights away, we stayed in five hotels and three houses, coordinating our schedule with various friends and family members in three different states.

Summertime traveling-with-kids tips

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:04am

Summer vacation... that fabulous time to travel away from home to see some new sights, perhaps visit people, or simply kick back and relax. When traveling with kids, it surely helps to plan some ways to maintain everyone's sanity. Here are a few tips I like to use when we head off on an adventure.

Lessons from waterfalls: making the most of it

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 5:49pm

On our summer vacation to the North Carolina mountains, our family was on a quest to encounter waterfalls. By the second day, we had not yet seen one, and the kids were starting to get restless. So we set out in the afternoon in search of Bridal Veil Falls armed with maps and smart phones.

Cell Phone GPS Girl told us where to turn to reach our desired destination. Only none of us knew the final road to the falls would be closed, as it apparently cuts straight through someone's private property.

Lessons from waterfalls: balancing risk and safety for growing healthy kids

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 9:44pm

Well, we finally did it. Our family took a little vacation before the summer got away from us. We headed to Asheville, NC and the surrounding area for lots of hiking, waterfalls, admiring rocks, and searching for animals. The cool mountain air was a refreshing change from our Savannah August weather.

This was our first trip taking the kids hiking, and they all did great. Enthusiastic, happy, and hardly any complaints. They found it much more rewarding than walking our own native flat trails.

Summer camp, anyone?

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:42pm

A paper came home in my kids' school bags the other day about Camp Invention. If you haven't heard of it, it's an educational summer camp program that is hosted at a few area schools each summer. My kids have not attended the camp, although I suspect they would enjoy it if they gave it a try.

First day after the break

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 10:50pm

So it was the first day back to school for my kiddos today. Amazingly, after waking up before 7:30 for most of the break, both of my school kids could barely open their eyes at 7:30 this morning. They were sooo tired! It was quite pitiful.

I thought they both needed to go to bed much earlier tonight to help them get off to a better start tomorrow. Of course, by the evening they were bouncing off the walls and having a grand time with all the energy in the world. It's always tricky when the routine changes. We'll see how tomorrow goes...

The value of travel

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 08/04/2011 - 10:50pm

Our family took a vacation to visit family in Chicago this year. We saw the sights, ate the food, hit the highlights. It was great fun.

But as I reflect on the experience, I think the greater value of the trip is the exposure of my kids to the big, wide world. They learned a thing or two about life in the mere driving hours on end across part of our great land; by seeing wind farms and cornfields; by meeting people who live differently than we do.

The Vacation That Keeps On Giving

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 08/26/2010 - 9:59pm

Every once in a while a vacation can make a big impact. You know it was good when the kids are still playing games based on their experiences a week later. My 6-year-old and 4-year-old have been playing “Sea World” for a week now, even getting their friends in on the game. They designate different areas of the house for various animals or shows that we saw.

Potty Time at Sea World

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 08/24/2010 - 3:35pm

I have found there are a variety of coping techniques for dealing with family life at a theme park. A bit of forethought, some cleverness, and a touch of luck can make a big difference in the overall enjoyment/ comfort level. For example, at Sea World last week we all wore the same color shirts to help us visually keep our group together. So on Thursday we wore red, Friday was yellow, and so on. We also brought along water bottles and made use of the water fountains.

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