Vacation Time

Quality time is the best vacation time.

Despite the state of the economy, families are still planning summer vacations. They’re just looking to cut costs: 49% will drive instead of fly, and many will vacation closer to home, according to an article by travel blogger Eileen Ogintz.

But the destination isn’t what’s important — quality family time is.

“Although they don’t always tell you directly, most kids are happy to spend time together as a family,” says Dr. David Fassler, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and University of Vermont professor. “Vacation trips often include adventures and memories which are recalled years later.” He adds that when planning activities, “decide what really helps you and your kids relax.” Time to hit the road!

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.