It’s been 24 years since I backpacked through Europe – sleeping in train stations, on park benches, on beaches and in hostels…anywhere that was cheap so I could stay just a bit longer. I remember camping outside of Rome and chatting with a family of four from London, Ontario who were travelling with their young kids. I remember saying to myself that someday I would do that too! Well, that dream is just days away and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for every step that has led me to this point. (I am also thankful that we will be sleeping in beds this time:) It’s funny watching my husband and kids prepare for a trip like this. The individual worries and excitement that we all have are so unique and a bit humorous too! We are brushing up on our French – well, the girls and I are brushing up on French and Pete has been learning Italian. So far, he knows how to say “Stay away from my daughters”…but that’s not the funny part – my daughters are learning how to say “Are you a model?” and “Would you like to dance with me?” My main concern is how to order my coffee and wine in each language! Yes, I think we are all looking forward to different aspects of travelling:) We have been using the free app DuoLingo! It is an amazing app that sends you reminders to practice every day and even allows you to see how you are doing compared to others. This adds a little competition to the mix and keeps us all working at it every day. Such a great app, and did I mention that it is free? As we are packing, I am finding that the oddest things excite me…like having special GermBloc clip-on hand-sanitizer sprays for our backpacks and other special travel sprays to keep us protected! I am also excited about carrying my good DSLR camera with me thanks to the new Miggo strap and wrap that allows me to comfortably carry my camera and store it safely when I’m not using it. This is exciting because I didn’t think I would bring my good camera as the carry case is so large…well, problem solved! Thanks to suggestions from the best travel agency in the world – Elgin Travel and Crusies – we have an edge on a lot of tips and tricks to making our trip successful! We are saving on entry fees to a lot of museums and even downloading all the audio tours ahead of time so we don’t have to pay for these when we get there. Rick Steeves has a good site for free downloadable audio tours. I have also downloaded a lot of other audio talks from Rick Steeves for each of us – just in case we want to listen to them while on the plane. One of my main concerns was how to keep our credit cards safe now that it is so easy for someone to walk by us and scan our cards – apparently this is the new “pick-pocketing” scam! I just picked up some RFID-blocking credit card sleeves and I am feeling much better! I would love to share our trip with you and if you are dreaming about doing this with your family – stop dreaming and start planning! It is never too early to start thinking about it and you know, if you write it down and say it enough, the universe will make this happen for you…just like it has for our family. Until next time:) Jennifer

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Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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