The 8 Types Of Parents You See On Vacation

When we found this short article we were so excited, having looked for over a year for this, discovering it on this site was an exciting time for me.

two way radio manufacturersAs spring break wraps up around the continent, families are returning from escapes from the eternal winter we have had. We just got back from a week in Puerto Vallarta at a family-oriented vacation resort. This kind of melting pot of parents from across Canada and the U.S. will really open your eyes to a lot of different parenting techniques. Yes, we should live and let live. No, I’m not perfect. Yes, it’s none of my business. But still. These are the types of parents you see on vacation that make you just stop, shake your head, and realize you’re not that bad at parenting.

1. 2 Way Radio Babysitter

You might think it’s genius, I think it’s off-base. I started chatting with a dad at the burger bar one afternoon, sharing tips about the resort. He asked where the club was and wanted to know if it was near his room because he and his wife brought walkie talkies so they can ditch the kids at night to party. When I asked if he was having a good time so far, his response was obvious. “I found where the liquor’s at, so I’m good to go.”

Smoking Parents2. Smoking Stroller Pushers

Sunset is a beautiful time when you’re on a beach vacation. Everyone is out strolling the promenade, taking pictures, and staring into the sea. Then it hits you. A blast of smoke. You get it by the pool, you get it on the patio, you get it on the beach. I get that people smoke and they know they shouldn’t, but it absolutely floors me when I see two parents hacking a butt while pushing a stroller and holding their kid’s hand. C’mon now.

3. Free Range Parents

Having social kids is great. I found it fun when a 7-year-old walked right up to us at the beach and say “I’m Lisa, what’s their names?” pointing towards our boys. I found it odd when other kids would walk over and just take our pile of sand toys and cart them away to play with and there were no parents around. We’re more than willing to share, but ask first and watch your kids when they wander into someone else’s toy pile.

4. Really Really Free Range Parents

“Tony! Where are you?!” It happens every so often around the pool. Mom is nose deep in Fifty Shades poolside, dad is hanging off the edge, back to the water, and both are nursing big bubbas of frilly tropical drinks. Forty minutes later they can’t find their kid and slur each other out for not watching their child in a pool. By themselves. These parents are also usually responsible for “squirt gun kid,” the one who doesn’t understand that not everyone in the pool is there to play your cops and robbers game and splashes and runs around.

5. Soda Slurpers

Wow. I can’t get my kid to eat. Having him gain weight is a struggle in our family, but after watching families herd up to the buffet and heap garbage on to their kid’s plates, I’m not shocked we have an obesity epidemic in our culture. Again, like with smokers, I get it’s a struggle for adults to deal with these issues. I don’t know why people feel the need to shortchange their kids by dealing them a terrible hand from the start. If your kid is in a high chair, they’re likely too young for soda. My boys are 6 and 4, have never had the stuff, and won’t for a long time still. And yet, in a buffet filled with milk, juice, and water, parents were bucking up servings of cola. For their toddlers.

6. Lazy Dad

This is the dad that gives dads a bad name and makes moms the superhero. At a beach excursion a 2-year-old screamed for 30 straight minutes for her mother while dad sat next to her dumbfounded. He didn’t hold her. He didn’t try to distract her with other games. He didn’t take her into the water. He sat there with a dumbstruck “I have no idea how to raise kids” look on his face while the child screamed. He’s the dad that gives dads the bad reputation so many of us are trying to change.

7. High Maintenance Mom

The opposite of incompetent dad is high maintenance mom. The one that hovers over their kids with a timer, re-applying sunscreen every 15 minutes, making sure they’ve got head to toe sunclothing on.

Paparazzi Papa8. Paparazzi Papa

Okay, I know some people like to take pictures of their kids in the pool, but if you sit on the side taking nothing but long shots videoing everyone in the pool, you’re getting my kids too. I don’t want my kids in your movies. Get up close, or use a zoom lens, and take pics of your family only, make it quick, and then get back to vacation.

Our vacation was fun, the boys had a great time recharging away from the polar vortex of winter and the entire experience opened my eyes to the many ways people choose to parent their kids. Going to a family resort is a great way to unwind from real life and realize that, when compared to so many other parents out there, if you’re using common sense and care about your kids, you’re doing just fine.

How to Choose the 2 way radio Headset That Best Fits Your Needs

communication device used by stephen hawkingWhen we found this article we were so pleased, having searched for over one year for this, discovering it on this blog was an thrilling time for yours truly.

A headset is a particularly useful and surprisingly cheap accessory for your motorola SL4000 walkie talkie;,.

It can provide great flexibility, enabling uninterrupted communication even in situations where your hands are involved in other, equally important, processes. However, there are so many different types of two way radio headsets around that you might not be sure what best suits your needs.

All the most common types will be briefly presented below, explaining their pros and cons and hopefully making your decision a bit easier.
Highly recommended in-ear headsetsMotorola 56517 Earpiece with Inline Push-to-Talk MicrophoneAmazon Price: $18.15
List Price: $24.99Motorola 53866 Earbud with Clip Push-To-Talk MicrophoneAmazon Price: Too low to display

List Price: $59.99 The most common headset type is the in-ear headset. It looks and works just like the wired cellular phone hands-free headsets we all know. An earphone is plugged into one of your ears, and the microphone hangs on a cable at the height of your chest.
It’s an easy to use piece of equipment and an excellent all-round performer. The only drawback is that it can not be attached very firmly, so it is mainly aimed at casual users. These headsets can be acquired for a small amount of money as they rarely cost more than $20 USD or so.

A special case of in-ear headset is the in-ear security headset, where the wire leading to the headphone (and the headphone itself) is transparent, to ensure maximum discretion. These types of headsets are usually worn by private security employees, bodyguards etc.
The next most common headset type is the boom microphone headset. This particular product consists of a microphone attached to a boom which brings it very close to your mouth. This allows for low volume talking, and even whispering, to be picked up easily making it an excellent candidate for situations where you have to be relatively silent while communicating.

Another advantage is that they can be attached more firmly to your ear, thus withstanding more abrupt movements. It is, however, rather bulky and might obstruct your field of view and movement freedom a bit.
Highly recommended boom microphone headsetsMidland AVPH7 Outfitters GMRS Headset with Microphone and PTT Button (Camo) (Pair)Amazon Price: $19.00

List Price: $39.99GARMIN 010-10345-00 Headset With Boom MicrophoneAmazon Price: $6.99
List Price: $19.00Excellent camo two way radioMotorola T8550R 18-Mile 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Camo)Amazon Price: $79.99
Now we’ll start getting a bit more application specific. Two way radio headsets with a throat microphone can pick up your voice directly through sensors attached to your neck. It can pick up your voice even in very loud environments, as the ambient noise is not recorded at all.

This makes them perfect for usage on motorcycles, night clubs and other noisy situations. They are also excellent at picking up very low volume whispers. Pair one of these headsets up with a camo colored two way radio and you’re ready for some serious paintballing.

Highly recommended throat mic headsetsMidland AVPH8 Acoustic Throat Mic for GMRS Radios with PTT/VOX CompartmentAmazon Price: $21.99

List Price: $39.99Another rather application specific headset type is the ear-protective headset. They are used in environments where noise levels are so high that they are potentially harmful to a person’s hearing, like construction sites and airports. They have headphones which are placed inside hearing protectors, safely covering both ears without obstructing communication.

As both of the above types are mostly aimed at professionals, they are a bit more expensive than the usual two way radio headsets. Other types include headsets which can be placed inside safety helmets for construction workers and headsets which can be placed inside motorcycle helmets, as well as some newer and more expensive Bluetooth enabled headsets.

The key to making the right choice of headset for your two way radio is knowing what your needs are and what product can cover them without being overly fancy and expensive.