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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. 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...
  3. 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 life” which I find rather lovely. If you’re already in the business of dragging family bikes around the country then you’re...
  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. Kids, knives and chainsaws

    Only the strong can belong, is the motto on the Isle of Berk, where the hairy Hooligans live in the “How to Train Your Dragon” series. Well, I hate to boast, but in my home country of Norway full-on four-inch knives, complete with carbon-rimmed stainless steel blades, are a bog standard christening present. I was reminded of this when I...
  6. 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...
  7. 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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