Road stops provide a fun distraction on long road trips.

How to make a road stop with your family like a pro

There’s a lost art to doing a road stop. And that’s a shame since road trips are a time-honored American tradition. Shouldn’t road stops get a little respect too?

But they are not. People don’t plan their road stops like they should, they show little or no discrimination about where they pull over, and it ends up being all about the destination, not the journey. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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Taking a fruit picking vacation with your kids

A fruit picking vacation with the kids? Why not!

A fruit picking vacation may be among the most adventurous and creative family getaways. I know because I’m looking at a cluster of ripening bananas on my kitchen counter that we harvested. Our visit to Hilo, Hawaii, just turned into what my eldest son calls a fruit safari.

It’s way too many bananas for a family of four, and I’m not entirely sure what to do with them.

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How to sit with your family on the plane

How do I sit with my kids on a plane?

If you haven’t heard about the infamous airline separation algorithm yet, here’s what you need to know: It’s a seat allocation program that allegedly keeps families apart on the plane, prodding parents into paying more for advance seat assignments.