I'm Now That Parent
You know the one. The one the cabbies always shake their heads about, "Vegas is no place for kids," they'd say. The one we all notice while on couples getaways or bachelorette weekends and shake our heads saying, "Who would do that? I'd never bring my kids to Las Vegas." And then an opportunity arises for work, and I'm suddenly THAT parent. The one who took her kid along to Vegas.
It wasn't something I planned, it was actually a compromise. My husband had to take off of work to stay home with my son while I traveled to Vegas for CES earlier this month. Over the holidays as we got closer to the trip, and we learned of more people my husband worked with who would also be at the show, he started thinking, well why don't he and the kiddo join me in Vegas, and he'll watch our son there?
I thought about the Mirage's erupting Volcano, Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef exhibit, the dancing Bellagio fountain, the gondola rides at the Venetian, and could easily come up with a full itinerary of activities to occupy their time during the days - without them even going to a pool. Yeah, why not have them fly out with me? I was going to busy all day, but wouldn't it be nice to fly with them and know they were nearby if I wanted to skip out and join them to relax for an hour? I've been stuck home in Jersey with the kiddo while my husband traveled, and it's not nearly as fun. We had enough frequent flyer miles to get them there, so why not?
Which is essentially how most of our family travel occurs. When you only have one child, and don't live near family or have a like-family nanny, it costs less to take the child along with you than it does to fly family in to watch him, or fly to family and drop him off, or hire a nanny to travel with us. We subscribe to the whole expose the kiddo to different places, environments, scents, sounds and expand his geographical and cultural knowledge philosophy - so where we can afford to do so, taking him along usually wins out.Continued on the next page