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My kids have trouble believing I grew up in the Dark Ages before anything digital, when summer vacations involved being wedged into an overstuffed boat of a car for the trip from Ontario to New Brunswick to visit my grandparents.
Beyond a Mad magazine or watching hours of trees or cows blur past, entertainment in those days involved squabbling with siblings and seeing how long it was before my father drummed his fingers on the dashboard in annoyance.
Times have changed, both in terms of options for summer vacations and the incredible array of handheld entertainment devices that, if nothing else, help cut down on screams of “Mom, he’s touching me!”
Still, today’s parents will want to pack plenty of patience, along with earphones for each child.
Here are some other important tips for making your family’s summer vacation memorable for all the right reasons: