Monthly Archives: June 2013

Tackle Takeoff

Tackle Takeoff

Buy some sweets – boiled sweets for older children – and suck them on take-off and landing to help to alleviate ear discomfort when the cabin pressure changes. If you don’t have any, tell your kids to yawn rather than to hold their noses and blow (which will only make the discomfort worse).
Allow babies to suckle during take-off or even just to suck your clean finger.

Take distracting toys when flying with babies and toddlers.  Toys with lights and movement are particularly effective in averting crying. Other passengers may not enjoy them, but most would agree that they are preferable to screams.

Shape your days. Every minute of the holiday is precious for your children, so give each day some shape or focus. You need not pack your days with activities, but a whole day at the pool or on the beach can be too long for kids. From the point of view of sun exposure if nothing  else. Some families find that having an outing in one half of the day and a rest in the other half works well for adults and children alike.

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Shape your days

Shape your days

Every minute of the holiday is precious for your children, so give each day some shape or focus.

You need not pack your days with activities, but a whole day at the pool or on the beach can be too long for kids. – from the point of view of sun exposure if nothing else. Some families find that having an outing in once half of the day and the rest in the other half works well for adults and children alike.

Make a travel scrapbook of photos, postcards, tickets and other ephemera from any journeys or trips you take with your children. Encourage them to keep a diary or sketchbook while traveling.

Travel light. If your children have to lift and carry their own bags, equip them with squashy canvas holdalls on wheels, with extendable rigid handles. These cases are light, roomy and easy for a child to trundle. Remember to leave a little space for the souvenirs they will no doubt want to buy.

Take a lot of photos during your trip, so you can always make beautiful albums as good memories.
I provide small leather cover album if you have high resolution images of your trip.

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Visit hot countries

Visit hot countries in spring or autumn when the weather is warn enough for outdoor bathing, but no so hot that your children will be uncomfortable or at risk of getting burned.

Make a holiday checklist of things to do and take, well in advance of your family’s departure. That way, you will give yourself enough time to remember all the vital things you have left off it.

Get the pack to pack. If your children pack their own suitcases, they are far more likely to remember to use (and therefore far less likely to lose) what’s in them.  As soon as they can enjoy going to fetch things, ask your young children to help with the packing. As they get older, make packing lists with them, then let them get on with finding, packing and ticking off what has going into their cases. Discreetly make sure that essentials have been remembered, but resist the temptation to repack or substitute clothes you prefer.

Less is more. If you child is going on a trip or a holiday during which they will have sole responsibility for their luggage and possessions, disable them from taking anything valuable or irreplaceable. In fact, make sure that they only pack things you and they can afford to lose. Moreover, don’t overpack. Most kids will be happy to wear the same clothes again and again!

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Find the safe havens

Find the safe havens

Choose vacation venues where your older children can have a certain amount of freedome. Campus-style family centres are great for kids who are pressing to be allowed to do things on their own. Make sure that you know where they are going, if possible, get them to go in groups of two or more.

Get the ratio right. Take enough adults on vacation. Two adults to four kids can be tiring, four adults to four adults is far more relaxing. Invite along family and friends to improve the adults to kids ratio, and take turns with the kids so that adult couples are able to have a little time together.

Agree some ground rules in advance if you are holidaying with friends and their children. For instance, agree roughly when the children will have to go to bed, how much junk food they will be allowed to eat and how the babysitting rota could work. It’s best to tackle some basics before departure so that disagreements don’t spoil the holiday.

Make sure that you take a lot of photos during your holiday, so you will have a lot of memories to cherish forever.

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Get Spotting

OGet Spotting.

On long, boring journeys, pass the limit with challenges, such as who will be the first to spot a pink car, a caravan, a boat being towed or a number plate beginning with a particular letter of number.

Train up navigations. Give older children a map so that they can try to follow the journey. See if they can be journey detectives and spot distinctive landmarks along the way.

Map out the holidays. If your children are out of school for weeks and weeks over summer, it pays to plan the holidays a little in advance. Fix up some play dates, arrange some day outings with other parents, find out about local kids facilities, play schemes and summer courses. Planning ahead lets you and your kids choose the most attractive options while there is still availability.

Choose family holidays that allow you and your children to play together. For your kids, having your unhurried attention is golden time, so try to have unscheduled hours together, when you can just muck about. Kids clubs can be great, but they are no substitute for time with mum and dad.

Obviously, you will need to take your camera to snap your memories.

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Attend live events

Attend live events

Be it the theatre, concerts, puppet shows or street performnces. Children are often passive  when watching TV but will respond animately at a live show, aware that the performers can see and hear them. Kids also focus better on live shows as there aren’t competing entreatments and distractions of home.

Have a city day. Out and about in cafes, museums, shops and seeing the sights. Plan a day of fun for your child or if your kids are older, buy a public transport day pass and just go roving wherever the fancy takes you.

Visit unusual places. Widen your horizons by taking your children to some unusual places that aren’t on the standard kids’ itinerary : these might include antiques emporia, cemeteries, workshops, follies and other extraordinary buildings. Tell them stories and have some facts at your fingertips to bring these places alive in the imagination.

Break the routine. Families can end up doing roughly the same thing every day of the working week, so it’s worth sometimes trying to break the mould. You might have a picnic dinner on a rug in the garden or at the park., take the homework to a cafe, go for an evening swim or call a friend round on the spur of the moment. Little highlights will invigorate you and your kids.

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Make simple outings

Make simple outings

Undertaken with a sense of fun, these can be more rewarding for little ones than grandiose and expensive trips. Take a bag of outdoor toys a ball. some bats, a Frisbee, a pull-along dog or whatever they enjoy and simply hang out in the park.

Have a sports morning. Have a regular time and venue in the park so that any children who are interested can play football or another sport together at the weekend. Send a flyer around your child’s class to ensure a reasonable turnout. Parents of those who show up can share the supervision and coaching.

Get a training ball for cricket. This looks just like a hard cricket ball but it is made of rubber so is far less likely to cause injury.

Get on your bike. Take your children somewhere grassy and gently sloping to teach them to ride.
Don’t put the pressure on to get the stabilisers off, just encourage them to enjoy the independence of cycling and sooner or later they will progress without your needing to say a word. Go out together on your bikes and ride as a family.  It’s fun, great exercise and a good way to teach them road and cycle safely.

You can always contact me to photograph those moment so you can have some nice family portrait at the park!

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