Trip to New Hampshire

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If you run in parenting circles, “Vacation or Trip? A Helpful Guide for Parents” pops up at least once per summer on Facebook.

So, you’re headed out on a family vacation this summer. Great news! But are you sure? Are you sure it’s a vacation? You might want to think about that for a minute. Because a vacation is best described as time away from a job and/or the monotony and frustrations of day-to-day life, with the goal of relaxing and having fun.

Not to be a super downer, but chances are, if you have kids (and they are coming with you), you aren’t going on a vacation at all. You’re going on what I like to call… a trip. You see, a trip is simply a journey to a place.

I typically cringe when I get even the slightest whiff of kid-blaming, but this piece… this piece is spot on.

It came to mind last week as I was holding Charlotte in the parking lot of a Chipotle in Fairfield, Conn. She was puking. We were about 60 miles into a nearly 5-hour car trip and she was puking next to our smelly rented Camry. Our journey to a place was underway!

During our trip to New Hampshire, I kept a log of some of the reminders that I wasn’t on vacation. With a nod to the comic stylings of Jeff Foxworthy, you might be on a trip if

Fussy kid in back seat

Three people ride in back, “Uber-style” because both kids must be soothed simultaneously.

Wall plug covers

You travel with your own child safety gear

Wiggling baby

The quality of your dinner is measured in degrees of wiggle

Blessed Are the Peacemakers by Mike Berenstain

You text your partner — who is in the same bookstore as you, just with the other kid — ridiculous Mike Berenstain titles.

Shed tours in Hancock, NH

Local nightlife includes a shed tour

You mark the passage of time with backseat music videos.

(Asheville, NC, not even four years ago)

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