Life as a Relay

iStock_000000698569SmallI’ve been reading Hard Choices the new Hillary Rodham Clinton memoir, and I am struck by a paragraph in chapter 2… she says and I quote:

“America’s leadership in the world resembles a relay race.  A Secretary, a President, a generation are all handed the baton and asked to run a leg of the race as well as we can, and then we hand off the baton to our successors.”

When I read that, I immediately thought about it’s application to parenting.  We parents are charged with what is arguably the most important job on the planet and I genuinely believe that all parents begin the journey (or race!) wanting to be the best parents we can be.  We strive to impart as much wisdom as we are capable, and instill all the important character traits in our children that we know to be right and true.  Hopefully, somewhere along the way, these character traits were modeled for us… by either a parent, caregiver, teacher, mentor or coach.

This is a vivid reminder that life is a marathon and not a sprint and that it is truly never too late to join the race and become part of a successful “relay”.  One in which we eventually pass the baton to our kids in hopes of someday seeing them as successful, responsible citizens and parents themselves.

As I prepare my summer reading lists for both kids and parents (coming next week), I will certainly be including Hard Choices.  Regardless of your political beliefs or alignments, reading the recently released memoir of the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State should not be a hard choice at all!

Happy Summer!

Much love,
Renee

The Top 10 Family Friendly Resorts

iStock_000023646172SmallIt’s hard to believe that it’s almost summer!  The days of traveling with young/toddler children are thankfully behind me, however, I vividly recall my packing routine, and being the “type-a” gal that I am, I still have my “packing list” files saved in Word.  Pathetic right?  I know!  So not to bore you with “packing list maui 4-2005″, suffice to say that the list (alphabetized, no doubt!) contains every imaginable rattle, burp cloth, pop-up book, wipe holder, high chair accoutrement and clothing item we could possibly ever have needed, and enough “supplies” to get us through, should our destiny land us belong-side Gilligan, Maryanne and the Howell’s!

These days, with the kids packing and pulling their own bags, travel life is much different… and much easier and less stressful!  Nonetheless, we still tend to choose destinations that we find accommodating and fun for the kids, as the Lord knows we need them happy and occupied.

I came across the below linked article in Parents Magazine and think the recommendations are great.  We’ve personally been to 6 of the 10 with our kids and made wonderful family memories.  Although the article indicates a couple of the destinations as being “Winter Getaways” they are great summer destinations, as well.  The other facet of the article that I like is that they published the 50 runner-up destinations!

http://www.parents.com/fun/vacation/us-destinations/the-10-best-family-friendly-resorts/

Take a peek and share some of your family travel plans for the summer.  I can’t wait to hear from you!  There’s nothing like a great family vacation!

Happy June!
Renee