If you want to create lifelong memories for your children, some of the best parenting advice I can give you is to make family vacations a priority. Every year when our children were very young, we tried to have a memorable family vacation. And you know what- IT WORKS!

Our children are all now in their mid-30s, and often when we get together, we talk about and relive some of the great family vacations of the long ago past. Stand out memories are of three weeks in California, exploring beaches, the Big Sur Coastline, and tall redwoods; a 2000 mile RV trip through the Southwest, with many terrific free base camping spots we discovered; a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe area of Northern Minnesota; a houseboat trip for 3 days on a large Pennsylvania lake; and the 16 day trip for the kids to explore their ancestral roots in Sweden and Norway.

And here’s the really neat part – we just completed in June the “ultimate Hamrin family vacation” when we all went on an African safari together. To make it really special, we chose a 5 days mobile camping safari — just our family, a guide, cook, and camping in the midst of the animals. Each one of us said it was the best vacation we have ever had.

So as you look for the best parenting tips out there, I hope you remember this one and whatever the ages of your children, you start thinking right now of some neat trips you can take with them in coming years. This is a parenting tip that will

The memories – and the family bonding – are PRICELESS!