Family parties

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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 years football coaching, gymnastics or racquet sports. The logistics of organised sports for a family with two or three children...
  5. Dress for success: Layering for winter

    It isn’t about the expensive overcoat. It certainly isn’t about the matching hat and gloves. Each autumn British stores are filled with kids’ winter clothing which just doesn’t do the job. The goal surely is to stay outdoors for the length of time which suits the parents. Secondly to minimise kids’ complaints. These two tie in! So start with the...
  6. Birthday mess belongs outdoors

    Whether you hate hoovering or just want to keep your china intact, you’ve got every motivation to entertain your kids’ friends outside. Anyone can organise some water games on a June afternoon and hand out ice lollies at the end. Only very clever parents can rustle up a cool outdoors party for their November baby. Make sure there are no surprises...

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