Jul 22 2014

Are Car Rides With Your Toddler Unbearable?

GO FROM MISERABLE TO MAGICAL WITH THE HELP OF JOHNNY CASH

by: Tanya Enberg

Johnny Cash has saved me on more than one occasion.

The beauty of Johnny Cash is that his music is timeless, as is the infectious, knee-slapping reaction we have to it. His songs continue, posthumously, to lift us up when life kicks us down.

Jul 13 2014

5 Reasons To Leave The Kids Behind On Your Next Trip

TRAVEL LIGHT AND SLOW DOWN ON THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

by: Tanya Enberg

Remember the time not so long ago when you and your partner tossed a few things in a bag and hit the road?

Ahh, yes, that was the sweet, easy, breezy time before your family packing list included a car seat, stroller, portable crib, stuffed animals, toys, crayons, books, and, finally, ridiculous amounts of emergency snacks to help ward off boredom and bouts of extreme crankiness.

Oh my, how travel has changed.

Jun 29 2014

Is Your Child Spoiled With Too Many Toys?

IT MAY BE TIME TO PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN WITH THESE SMART TIPS FOR COPING WITH CLUTTER

by: Tanya Enberg

If you’re like I am, your child’s toy collection began innocently enough.

In the early days your sweet pea was a minimalist, owning just a few rattles, cute stuffed animals, a nice selection of books, and soft teething toys.

What else did he really need? He was happy and entertained and it was all still fairly manageable.

Then came the toddler years.

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The Face, The Voice, The Blog!

After spending years pulling her hair out writing for national newspapers, magazines and online publications, journalist Tanya Enberg is now pulling her hair for an entirely different reason — trying to learn the rather chaotic rhythms of parenting.

When Tanya and her hubby were planning to start a family, she had no idea just how difficult the parenthood job would be, or how deliriously in love she would fall with their newborn squish. The intensity of joy that arrived with motherhood is incredible, mind boggling and, yes, unexpected.

Fact: Until her son’s birth, Tanya had only ever changed one diaper, and that was on a plastic doll in pre-natal class and still she found it very, very challenging. Now, she can almost change diapers in her sleep and sometimes has.

Oh, and she’s since learned all about onesies (and secretly wishes she could get away with wearing one), been peed on many, many times and has expertly mastered the art of the afternoon nap.

As a lifelong travel junkie, Tanya is the co-founder of the website ChicSavvyTravels.com who hopes their little guy will also be bitten by the jet setting bug.

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