Traveling With the In-Laws? 5 Tips for Easing the Tension

Tweet This article originally appeared in The Washington Post (Jose Soto/The Washington Post) “Jack, we should call someone. I don’t think he can do this. Do you have reception here? Let’s call someone. He can’t do this.” That’s my mother-in-law, Maureen. Jack is her husband, and I am “he,” lying underneath a rented Toyota Sequoia…

Family Skiing Is (Almost) Always A Blast At Steamboat Springs

Tweet Special to the Washington Post Dec. 3, 2015 View original publication Watching a pounding snowstorm from a chairlift at Steamboat ski resort, in northern Colorado, I feel the symptoms rising — shortening breath, furrowing brow, sulking self-pity. It’s a classic case of Parental Powder Anxiety Syndrome. I am sandwiched between my son, Kai (6),…

St. Martin, Featuring Family Dynamics

Tweet   Special to the Washington Post Oct. 15, 2015 View original publication “I am never going on vacation with you guys again,” my sister Rachel says. A curious sentiment, given the setting: We are at a beachfront restaurant on the island of St. Martin, 11:30 a.m. on a mid-December Monday, sharing a mojito while awaiting plates…