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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