As family travelers bring their families to various destinations around the globe, diversity, tolerance, empathy and compassion are incredibly important issues to help children comprehend. The children’s book Jay’s Horrible Day, by Stacey B. Shapiro, MSW, MLC, is part of the Big Issues for Little Children Series and “based on a true story about racism and discrimination.” It’s not always easy to handle issues as big as racism with children, but this book does so in an easily digestible manner.
The book starts by introducing Jay, a 6-year-old with a pet bearded dragon named Marcel, to readers. He starts summer camp and talks about feelings of anxiousness. The book prompts parents to discuss these issues with their own children through questions like, “Have you ever felt scared before going to a new place?” Other elements that make the tale interactive and entertaining include having child readers count how many times the beaver that befriended the kids at camp visits in the story.
After befriending a bunkmate who felt alone and without friends, Jay was faced with his new friend informing him he couldn’t touch her toy because of his skin color. The story continues with more questions, definitions to help children understand topics like discrimination and illustrations to demonstrate the emotions kids may feel when confronted by these issues.
Jay’s mom helps him deal with his emotions and helps him and other readers learn about subtle energy, energy that flows with and around us to connect us with others.
The end of the year is a great time to plan family travels — kids have time off and the holiday season is the perfect time for bonding and making memories. But while there are plenty of destinations known for big New Year’s Eve parties, it can be tough to find just the right spot for a family-friendly trip to celebrate this annual milestone. This year, Door County in Northern Wisconsin offers the perfect solution.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a colorful, festive time filled with holiday spirit, a perfect choice for a couples’ getaway to shop without the whole family in tow. It’s worth traveling to this historic seacoast city to be part of the weeks full of twinkling lights, decorated shops and streets, holiday music, theater and merriment, all of which led Portsmouth to be called the Christmas Capital of North America.
On your way to Boston? Pack your favorite spoon! Museum of Ice Cream has a new, permanent home at Boston Seaport, set to open in 2024. The space has been designed by the team at MOIC and will feature two floors with 14 fun, interactive installations that include disco bananas, ice cream Sox, an exhibit exploring the history of ice cream and a multisensory lab.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.