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Junior water-sports: do's and dont's

Sailing and paddle-sports instructors often focus on making the dinghy, canoe or kayak a happy environment  by throwing balls around. Kids familiarise themselves with the roll of the vessel and continue reading...

Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps

Holiday happiness doesn’t depend on the hotel amenities, the rental car or the weather. It depends on your children’s ability to play together. This can be particularly hard when Self-proclaimed Foo continue reading...

Goal-keeping tips for kids

We have great tips for wannabe goalkeepers from Danny Terry, who was 18 when he started playing football. He now trains with Albion Rovers so it’s safe to say he’s caught up. – Quick feet is what yo continue reading...

Outdoor carnival wins for children

Low on sequins and bikinis, big on humour – the Cologne carnival is the perfect street party for children. This German city hosts a party for a million plus spectators every February, and the loc continue reading...

Sitting is the new smoking

The gym classes, the new juicer, the cardio apps – it’s all so old school. The thing now is to stand up. Lose the chair, gain fitness If you sit a lot, then more exercise time doesn’t make up for continue reading...

Christmas: Tons of kit, nothing fits

Buying for kids is exciting, and we are as hopeful as them when the parcels are unwrapped at Christmas. And each year kids’ enthusiasm differs crazily from expectations. They love some gimmicky tat, t continue reading...

Base layers for kids - the lowdown

Southern Europeans love a huge chunky overcoat for themselves and their kids – “Bring on winter weather!” This is only good if your idea of a great day out is standing at bus-stops. But kids love a go continue reading...

The ideal first water-sport

– Kids do so well at cable wakeboarding because they harbour no anxieties about looking stupid or hurting themselves, Callum Mark tells us. Mark is Activities Manager at Foxlake Adventures – a cable w continue reading...

Quick fitness drills for parents

One particularly numbing week I spent a whole Saturday watching slalom kayaking and the following Sunday dashing between two football tournaments – this on top of mid-week tennis chauffeuring. Many p continue reading...

How kids help your career

If I see the term “momtrepreneur” one more time I’ll kick something. There is no word for 47-year old male executives with hospitalised fathers. They are busy too – caring and protecting while putting continue reading...

Sports injure, sofas kill

What's a broken ankle anywayA protective parent is a good parent, no? There’s a great deal of maternal anxiety about sharp tools, about speed and about general shenanigans off the ground – in tre continue reading...

Learning skiing - do's and don'ts

Look no polesCustomers keep telling me that it’s important to get the kids skiing first, only introducing them to snowboarding once they’re competent with their slaloming. Personally I don’t think continue reading...

Trusting kids with boats

Trust the kids, but stay nearby“Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING–absolute nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This is Ratty’s poetic words of advice to continue reading...

Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop

Successful coaches aren’t charmers. We recognise the sheer toughness required to coach international sides, but we prefer generosity and warmth when looking for instructors for our kids. The dif continue reading...

Family paddling: Kayaks v canoes

Whitewater or quiet ponds - the real challenge is transporting the kitA kayak or canoe sitting in your back garden is perfectly chic, so storage isn't the challenge. It's the hauling continue reading...

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