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  • Camping & picnics

    Camping & picnics

    Didn't camp much as a kid? No worries. Don’t be put off by the massively geeky websites advocating for wacky solutions to small inconveniences. Campers and hill-walkers can be a little intense. But the odd outdoors adventure is a treat your...
  • Summer apparel 101

    Summer apparel 101

    Even in milder weather parents need to plan. Beach play, full-on water sports or long bike rides all require back-up changes of clothes. But don't let that stop you! Life is more fun when you’re not scared of getting wet...
  • Junior water-sports: do's and dont's

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

    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 the movement of currents through simple...
  • Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps

    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 Football Star is stuck with his piano-playing brother for a...
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Junior sports

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

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

    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 the movement of currents through simple...
  • Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps

    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 Football Star is stuck with his piano-playing brother for a...
  • Goal-keeping tips for kids

    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 you’re after, says...
  • Base layers for kids - the lowdown

    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 good run-around any...
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motivating kids

  • Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps

    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 Football Star is stuck with his piano-playing brother for a...
  • Christmas: Tons of kit, nothing fits

    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, they ignore massively researched kit, we end up muttering...
  • The ideal first water-sport

    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 wakeboard park outside Edinburgh. As sports go...
  • Trusting kids with boats

    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 Mole and you’ve got to be a...
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parenting

  • Quick routines, great gains

    Quick routines, great gains

    Babies teach you how to put your own needs to the side, and as your kids grow their lives only get more complicated. Family logistics become huge. If you managed to keep your fitness regime or sports up in the...
  • Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps

    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 Football Star is stuck with his piano-playing brother for a...
  • Sitting is the new smoking

    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...
  • Christmas: Tons of kit, nothing fits

    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, they ignore massively researched kit, we end up muttering...
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Family parties

  • Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps

    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 Football Star is stuck with his piano-playing brother for a...
  • Outdoor carnival wins for children

    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 locals are absolute champions at dressing up. A...
  • Christmas: Tons of kit, nothing fits

    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, they ignore massively researched kit, we end up muttering...
  • Toddler parkour over organised sport

    Toddler parkour over organised sport

    You can build everyday sports skills without equipment or lessons. There’s an industry around parents telling them to sign their children up for endless classes – promising to set their offspring up for a lifetime of sporting success with early...
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Micro-adventures

  • Camping & picnics

    Camping & picnics

    Didn't camp much as a kid? No worries. Don’t be put off by the massively geeky websites advocating for wacky solutions to small inconveniences. Campers and hill-walkers can be a little intense. But the odd outdoors adventure is a treat your...
  • Base layers for kids - the lowdown

    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 good run-around any...
  • Family paddling: Kayaks v canoes

    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 around. Swedish car accessories maker Thule’s slogan is “Bring your...
  • Toddler parkour over organised sport

    Toddler parkour over organised sport

    You can build everyday sports skills without equipment or lessons. There’s an industry around parents telling them to sign their children up for endless classes – promising to set their offspring up for a lifetime of sporting success with early...
See more

Outdoors clothing

  • Winter apparel 101

    Winter apparel 101

    The right kit keeps kids outside for longer. Regardless of the activity, you’re likely to go at a slower pace than you would do without kids, assuming they are beginners. So make sure your own patience isn’t impacted by cold...
  • Outdoor carnival wins for children

    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 locals are absolute champions at dressing up. A...
  • Base layers for kids - the lowdown

    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 good run-around any...
  • Learning skiing - do's and don'ts

    Learning skiing - do's and don'ts

    Look no poles Customers 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 techniques get in the way of each other...
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Wild play

  • Sitting is the new smoking

    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...
  • Base layers for kids - the lowdown

    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 good run-around any...
See more

Motor skills

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

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

    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 the movement of currents through simple...
  • Goal-keeping tips for kids

    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 you’re after, says...
  • The ideal first water-sport

    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 wakeboard park outside Edinburgh. As sports go...
  • Sports injure, sofas kill

    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 trees and on walls. Tools can...
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Fitness

  • Quick routines, great gains

    Quick routines, great gains

    Babies teach you how to put your own needs to the side, and as your kids grow their lives only get more complicated. Family logistics become huge. If you managed to keep your fitness regime or sports up in the...
  • Goal-keeping tips for kids

    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 you’re after, says...
  • Sitting is the new smoking

    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...
  • Quick fitness drills for parents

    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 parents miss having that time to spend on their own...
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Time management for parents

  • Sitting is the new smoking

    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...
  • Quick fitness drills for parents

    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 parents miss having that time to spend on their own...
  • How kids help your career

    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 in the work hours. – I’ve...
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Coaching kids

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

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

    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 the movement of currents through simple...
  • Goal-keeping tips for kids

    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 you’re after, says...
  • Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop

    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 difficulty is that we all like watching our kids win.That isn’t the same as...
  • Family paddling: Kayaks v canoes

    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 around. Swedish car accessories maker Thule’s slogan is “Bring your...
See more

Uncategorized

  • Winter Olympics: Sports at speed

    Winter Olympics: Sports at speed

    With the Winter Olympics you get none of these half-hearted football injuries – when snowboarders crash they do a proper job of it. I am still waiting for the biathletes to raise their game. They could so easily generate more media...
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Holidays with kids

  • Camping & picnics

    Camping & picnics

    Didn't camp much as a kid? No worries. Don’t be put off by the massively geeky websites advocating for wacky solutions to small inconveniences. Campers and hill-walkers can be a little intense. But the odd outdoors adventure is a treat your...
  • Junior water-sports: do's and dont's

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

    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 the movement of currents through simple...
  • Outdoor carnival wins for children

    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 locals are absolute champions at dressing up. A...
  • Family paddling: Kayaks v canoes

    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 around. Swedish car accessories maker Thule’s slogan is “Bring your...
See more