|F||FUN: Your goal is to create fun family time, as well as to stimulate the children's understanding of all that the company does for their family.|
|A||ACCESS: Access to their parents is important to children of top producers, who travel often, so carefully schedule all business events to avoid conflicts with outings.|
|M||MONEY: To save money on transportation, child supervision, and insurance, complement a few top-notch, off-site family activities with a movie night, a board-game night, or a talent show.|
|I||IN “SAFE HANDS”: Regularly provide security details to parents, beginning with your first communiqué. Never post security specifics on the program's Web site.|
|L||LOCATION: Consider all-inclusive resorts with pools, family-sized suites, and kids' menus, in cities with a built-in “kid infrastructure,” from zoos to museums to amusement parks.|
|Y||YOUNG & OLD: Create a program that includes age-appropriate activities, allowing one parent to take the older children and the other to take the younger ones.|
Carl A. Mahnke, CMP, is senior director of catering and convention services at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.