When the Kids Aren't in School Yet This Fall, Get Out and Play

Eileen Ogintz
September 11, 2014
For once, be glad you're toting a stroller and safety seat. When everyone else has headed back to school, you can head off on vacation with your toddlers and preschoolers. Congratulate yourselves for avoiding the summer crowds and grabbing a great deal in the process. Invite grandma and grandpa along. Just don't expect them to baby sit every night! Invite friends or family with kids of a similar age and you can split child-care chores - and expenses.

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