Burj Khalifa to Brighton, MI: Tips for traveling with kids

By Dr. Stephanie Goodson, a mom, pediatrician and recent world traveler

 

The Goodson family sports University of Michigan Pediatrics gear in Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world! Dr. Goodson has some useful family travel tips after this journey to Dubai.

The Goodson family sports University of Michigan Pediatrics gear in Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world! Dr. Goodson has some useful family travel tips after this journey to Dubai.

My family was so excited about our upcoming trip around the world to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. That area of the world has so much history and a culture that is very different from our family here in Michigan, it made us all enthusiastic and just a little bit nervous about this trip. But, hey, my kids have been well travelled around the States on typical American vacations. We’ve gone to see grandparents in Texas, Disney world, and all the way to California both by air and car. I figured we’d be fine, right? Soon enough, the idea of 17-hour flight, customs, language barriers, water safety, and food preferences all became a bit daunting. However, with a little planning, lots of discussions on expectations and plenty of patience, we had one of the most enjoyable, educational and memorable trips ever. When we went to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the views were breathtaking. But even better, we hear in foreign accent from across the observatory recognition of our coordinating shirts: “Go Blue!”

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What parents should know before heading to the cider mill

By Stephanie Goodson, MD

Jared, Elizabeth and Sean Goodson at a local orchard

It’s a beloved tradition in my family to visit the cider mill or you-pick fruit orchard every fall. With the cool weather upon us, it’s always nice to get my three kids out for some fresh air, fun times and healthy, fruity treats.  We are fortunate to have so many orchards and farms close by here in southeast Michigan and it’s always such a pleasure to come home with bags full of goodies.   It is important for me to have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables always available for my family.   I love seeing my three-year-old son open the crisper drawer of our refrigerator, grab an apple and declare that he picked “that one!”

While there are awesome benefits to visiting the cider mill or orchard – especially spending quality time with your family – there are also a few cautions you should be aware of.

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Getting serious about getting back to school

Tips for helping your family tackle “back to school” with ease, from pediatrician Stephanie Goodson

Last night, as I negotiated the terms of bedtime with my fourth grader (who has managed to push his bedtime back by almost an hour and a half over the course of the summer) I had a moment of panic when I realized the school year, and the early mornings that accompany it, were almost upon us. 

No longer will I be able to give into his pleas for one more TV show, book or snuggle session. Unless I was prepared to handle the crankiness of a sleep-deprived kid come the first week of school, I was going to have to get serious.

Unfortunately, it’s time to face the facts. Summer is winding down and it’s time to prepare our kids for the beginning of the school year. 

As a pediatrician, I know that preparation is key for making sure kids start the school year right, but just like any mom, I, too, struggle to make sure both me and my three kids have all the tools needed to tackle the school year with ease. 

I thought I would share some tips that make it easier for my family to snap into the school-year mindset. 

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