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Consider discussing the itinerary and the rules of the road in a group phone or video chat. If the children are old enough, talk about topics such as bedtime, dining decisions and safety measures so it will be clear who is in charge once the trip is underway. If you'll be traveling with older children get three-way clarity on guidelines regarding shopping, snacking, social media, phone and computer time and options for independent outings. Upfront discussion can help avoid conversations that include "but my mom always lets me!"

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