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  1. 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 child should experience without massive expense or effort on your part. The same skills go into camping as into eating...
  2. 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 or muddy. But you don’t want to rely on a heavy back-pack either, and this is where technical clothing comes...
  3. 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 games. Putting effort into swimming definitely ensures a confident start to all kinds of boat and board sports. Learn on...
  4. 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 fortnight.   So how to minimise squabbling during some easy summer football, rounders or - if you have a frisbee...
  5. 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 Terry. – Focus on footwork and you’ll do so much better. It’s also important to stay big – stay upright...
  6. 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 great kids’ carnival outfit should be wearable outdoors, with some homemade touches and preferably not linked to a recent film release...
  7. 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 the damage which sitting is doing to your body. It’s not about creating more activity, it’s about cutting down inactivity...
  8. 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 about irritating presents from parents-in-law as we trip over lost parts, or it turns out only the younger sibling wants a...
  9. 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 time of year. And they’re on the ground much more than us – inspecting leaves and bugs, comparing puddle depths...
  10. 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 this is “extremely progressive” – novices learn the ropes in no time. – Quite a few people have tried traditional...
  11. 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 fitness. But you can slot in some valuable drills when you spectate. Remember: Improving your posture gives you more bang for...
  12. 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 never once felt that being a woman has been a disadvantage, Jo Malone MBE told a small gathering I attended...
  13. 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 injure fingers and going fast or climbing high can damage knees, elbows, wrists and ankles. Yes, sure. I like well-functioning...
  14. 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, so this wouldn’t be a bugbear of mine. I would rather follow the kids’ enthusiasm, because enthusiasm saves a lot...
  15. 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 miserable soul not to agree with them. When can children be promoted from passengers to skippers? I’m going to bring...

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