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Summertime means more travel and hopefully traveling with your pet or service dog to see family or friends. Remembering to be a good house guest makes for a more peaceful and relaxing visit for everyone and increases the likelihood that you will be more than welcome for a future visit.
Keep in mind that the rules might not be the same at your host's home as at yours and err on the cautious side when allowing your pooch rein of the home.
Here are some tips to help make the visit more enjoyable for everyone involved:
Mother's Days are a good time to reconnect and reunite with family, sometimes even by travel. Sometimes those reunions can be not quite a barbecue at the park, but meaningful nonetheless. I just traveled halfway across China to meet my mom-in-law for the first time - 10 years after marriage.
My husband put up less resistance than I thought when I broached the idea of inviting her during our visit to her family in Chongqing. Since she was more or less a deadbeat mom, despite the family's pleas to give her a chance, he didn't encourage contact with her for the past 20 years.
Just you and Mom. Think about it. When was the last time you took a whole weekend and devoted it to Mom?
With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend I would like to suggest that you don’t buy your mom a silly card, or overpriced flowers, but instead give her a gift that would mean the world to her: you!
Pick a destination just for the two of you and go. I promise you will never regret the money spent but you will regret the time you wasted when you are no longer lucky enough to have Mom just a phone call away.
When I tell people that my family will be in México during Cinco de Mayo, the response I hear typically indicates speculation that we will be a part of a big Mexican party. Others wonder if it is appropriate to take the kids to such a celebration that is most certainly overflowing with tequila, margaritas and cerveza. I remind them that we took our six month-old and two year-old to Oktoberfest in 2011 and it was a lot of fun for all of us. Whoever said you couldn't breastfeed in a “bier” tent?