Where Can We Be Safe?

This piece I wrote was published at The Gospel Coalition nearly two weeks ago.  In light of recent events, it’s more timely than ever. ********************************************************************************************************************** Last spring I promised my kids a visit to a new playground. It was early evening when we pulled up to the play structure in an urban Virginia neighborhood a mile from… Read More Where Can We Be Safe?

What I learned, and changed, about kid’s entertainment

We came to Romania with only the essentials in toys – Lego and Duplo, a few Barbies, favorite dress-up clothes and a favorite stuffed animal.  I wondered how the children would entertain themselves in their new environment.  Here’s what we’ve learned so far. 1.  The girls, ages 6 and 4, spend inordinate amounts of time… Read More What I learned, and changed, about kid’s entertainment

Not stroller-confined – hiking in Transylvania

Unless you have been reading willtravelwithkids since its inception over three years ago, you probably missed the post about confining kids to strollers on outings.  This week I’m in Transylvania, interspersing language school with adventurous outings in the area around Sibiu.  This afternoon, during a secluded hike meandering with the children along a groomed path… Read More Not stroller-confined – hiking in Transylvania

“Frozen” on a rural Romanian road

Before we arrived in Romania, Romanians and foreigners alike warned us of the poor quality of the roads.  After expecting the worst, I have been pleasantly surprised.  Perhaps compared to more developed (and not post-communist) European countries, the roads leave much to be desired.  Few markings, no shoulders, ditches and drop-offs are a hazard at… Read More “Frozen” on a rural Romanian road

Cinderella – an unexpected lesson

My mother-in-law and I took my five and three-year-old to see Cinderella.  After reading reviews and checking with friends who had seen it, I decided it was suitable.  Honestly, the romance, charm, character development, theatrical costumes, sweeping soundtrack, superb acting (think Downton Abbey) and fitting simplicity of the story line will be grossly under-appreciated by… Read More Cinderella – an unexpected lesson