You may not know it, but we’re alive in the Golden Age of Family Music. It’s the golden age of live kids music too. However, aside from Sirius XM Kids Place Live (channel 78!), the occasional blurb in People Magazine or USA Today, podcasts like my OWTK Kids Music Monthly, the Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl and Spare the Rock, hardly anyone is paying attention. That’s a real shame because there’s never been a better time to be a music-loving family. All over the U.S., there are passionate, talented musicians putting a fresh spin on music for children and their...Read More
Jeff Bogle is an at-home dad who writes about fatherhood, family travel, and All Things Childhood on his site Out With The Kids. His stories have also been featured on The Huffington Post, Esquire and PBS Kids, among other print and online outlets.
He is married to an adorable redheaded gal with whom he has two remarkable tween daughters who provide countless hours of humorous in-home entertainment.
He considers himself one of the luckiest guys in the world, although he needs to be reminded of this fact from time to time
Thanks to a late start from Kansas City, then stops in Topeka to see the outstanding Brown v. Board of Education site, and in Manhattan to peruse the Kansas State University bookstore (what can I say, my youngest daughter loves purple and cats), we didn’t even get the thrill of a daytime Rocky Mountain approach to Denver. And then came the rain. So much rain. It was a rough nine-hour driving day that didn’t end until we tossed our keys to the valet just before midnight. Thankfully, Hilton’s mobile check-in had us on our way up to a top...Read More
Her choice of clothes, hair styles and what she’ll pull out of her lunch box every day at school have been hers since she could confidently make those decisions on her own. My oldest daughter enjoyed her first real taste of autonomy though while traveling as a tween in May 2016. My big kid’s tweenage Independence Day arrived during a family cruise vacation on the Carnival Vista. We were in the Mediterranean Sea at the time, somewhere between Marseille, France and the Italian port city of Livorno that we were told serves as a gateway to Florence and Pisa...Read More
We’d been to Naples Italy once before, for a hot minute. It didn’t go so well. It should have been an easy in and out. All we needed to do in Naples was go from the central train station to a centrally located Hertz rental car location — just a couple of blocks on foot — then drive south out of town toward Sorrento. And yet, even with a bare minimum of Napoli touch points required, we were made miserable by a city than seemed to us to be too dirty, too aggressive and too unwelcoming to visitors. Many...Read More
When you and your significant other plan an evening out alone, you know, those elusive date nights we parents desire more than Gollum wants that precious ring, what is needed to ensure the evening is a smashing success? Incredible food, probably. And memorable entertainment, likely. But most importantly, if you are anything like us, what is wanted, no, what is NEEDED is to know that our kids are being cared for properly and that they are having a fine enough time of it as well. There is absolutely no/nil/zip/zilch/zero chance we will be able enjoy ourselves, no matter how...Read More
It was darn near impossible to find and rather strange to comprehend once we did find it, but I wouldn’t trade the short amount of time we spent at/on/in The Burren in County Clare, Ireland in July of 2016 for just about anything. Admittedly, I’m looking back on this time and this place with rose-tinted glasses now, with some 8 months having passed, as our week in Ireland was anything but perfect (as I documented in this post on my own site shortly after we returned home from the U.K. last summer). In a way, the strange, twisting, complicated...Read More
It’s not only the 24-hour ice cream and free kid’s camp on board Carnival Cruise ships. There’s another, potentially life altering reason every kid should take a cruise. Whether it’s for a stretch of 4, 6, 7, 8 or 10 days, when a child cruises they gain not only the sugary all day chill of a soft serve twist and the friendships formed during full-ship scavenger hunts and late-night camp dance parties but also a familiarity with, understanding of, and geographic lessons courtesy of a worldwide crew of thousands who serve not only as steward, waitress, camp counselor, cruise...Read More
In mid-summer 2016, my family spent three weeks traipsing around the U.K., going from London to Ireland and then back again to England for a drive around the northeast, Wales and southern England. On the second to last day, just before we kicked off the ’16-’17 English football season at Craven Cottage in West London and before we explored A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin’s real life Hundred Acre Wood, we spent a beautiful day in England at Bodiam Castle. This ended up as one of the best days of our entire vacation. Not only is Bodiam, with its...Read More
It only takes a short stroll through my small office to get a sense of my musical taste. I have records on display from Frank Sinatra, Kamasi Washington, Dawes, Santigold and Superchunk, just to name a handful, and on the other side of the room is a mountain of concert tickets, lanyards and signed posters from other bands I’ve seen and have adored listening to for many years. So, and to be perfectly honest, when I think back on my oldest child’s first concert, it’s not exactly the way I’d have drawn it up. As a child who grew...Read More
We flew into Detroit from opposite directions, me from Philadelphia, him from Spokane, but the origin of our guys’ winter weekend hockey getaway can be traced back across the Atlantic Ocean, to Northumberland, England, high atop a crag along the scenic but maddening mid-section of Hadrian’s Wall. While this quick trip to see a Red Wings game was child-free, just two dudes who happen to be dads meeting up in a sub-freezing Midwestern city, we are still two devoted dads and that meant we spent a good portion of our 48 hours in the D trying to make our...Read More