Last week I received the call every long distance Grandma longs for..."We're planning a trip to visit this summer." Then my daughter-in-law announced they might be driving from Arkansas to California. For the full picture, that would be, Mom, Dad, nine-year-old, six-year-old, five-year-old and a three-year-old golden retriever in one vehicle. The cat’s staying home this time.
Parents today face the same challenges as always, what to pack and how much to pack. When we traveled with our young family, books and in-the-car activities were a must. It's no different today; however, the options are much broader and more compact.
Tips for traveling with kids and digital devices:
I personally think it's a good idea,to pack physical books and tactile activities along with digital devices. Mix it up.
Finally, it's okay to unplug. In the summer, we often vacation at a location with no amenities except the great outdoors. No phones. No cell connection. No electricity. The only running water is in the creek. Our grandchildren don't miss the electronics and are perfectly happy with drawing supplies and physical books when they’re done poking around the creek for caddisfly larvae.
Mary A Livingston is an award winning illustrator, photographer, author and designer. She believes that today is an exciting and challenging time in the children’s book industry as the digital market finds its way alongside traditional printed books. Beginning in Fall 2014 she will be teaching a CBA course Using InDesign for Picture Book Dummies and eBooks that will make this complex but extremely helpful program accessible for creatives.
Born in Hoopa, she grew up in the forested communities of Humboldt and Trinity Counties of Northern California. She attended Shasta College, Humboldt State University, and Loyola University. She has also worked in education, photography, and liturgical design. She and her husband, Tim, have two sons and three grandchildren.
You can find out more about Mary at www.maryalivingston.com
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