Month: January 2018

Family car hire in the US – The lowdown on Hertz

By Laura Mason You only have to Google the questions surrounding hiring a car abroad with children to get a myriad of answers.  Advice from experts, parents, service providers etc can leave parents feeling really concerned and confused about the best choice to make when debating the pros and cons of hiring a car abroad. Travelling abroad with children I have to admit, it’s not something we have done in over five years.  Initially I would tell you I took the easy route relying on public transport, shuttles and taxis for ferrying my family and I around, but in...

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Messy play activities for little hands

Little hands love to be busy, and these messy play activities give them the opportunity to really get stuck in! While the thought of the clean-up operation afterwards can be off-putting, messy play activities have been shown to encourage physical and social development, active learning, creativity and logical thinking. So throw on some old clothes, put down some protective coverings and enjoy the experience. Homemade Moon Sand For this you need: 4 cups of play sand, 2 cups of cornflour, 1 cup of water, 2 tbsp powder paint, and glitter (optional!) Mix the sand and cornflour together, then add...

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Does this bedtime guide work for your family?

This is the bedtime guide that has left many parents scratching their heads. Every household has a different idea of the best time to settle their child into bed. Children of the same age can often have bedtimes that vary by two or more hours – while your little one is tucked up by 7:00pm, your friend’s child won’t hit the hay until 9:00pm Your family schedule, work commitments and after school activities can make it difficult to plan the best bedtime, particularly if you have several children with different needs. Some days are busier than others, and weekends...

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Should children be expected to do household chores?

By Karen Dennis Without meaning to sound like a slave driver, I believe that children should be encouraged to help around the household. How to mix children and household chores My youngest son loved to clean my kitchen sink. This started one day when he was bored and as I was pottering in the kitchen. I pulled up a chair so he could reach the sink and put some water in for him, he began playing with some plastic toys and we discussed whether he thought they would sink or swim. Later when I emptied the water to clean...

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Easter 2018: Easter Egg Hunts in Essex

Chocolate eggs and Easter go hand in hand. Want to find an egg hunt near you? Indulge your sweet tooth with the best Easter egg hunts in Essex – including events in Chelmsford, Colchester, Brentwood, Billericay, and Saffron Walden. Details may be subject to change. Always check with the organiser before travelling. Essex Easter egg hunts in 2018 Easter Egg Hunt at Beth Chatto Gardens Sat 24 March to Sun 8 April 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB Join the great annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Beth Chatto Gardens! Explore the garden and see...

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