motivating kids

  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. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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 encouraging gloating – we just want sport to offer our children that sense of pride and achievement. Maybe that red-faced...
  6. Join Team Magnus

    Messing about Team Magnus loves mucking about outdoors. Company founder Kristine Moody has always been happy to give any sport a go. Based in Perth, Scotland she's honed her skills at rustling up popular outdoors activities for kids whatever the weather. She writes for you and other active families - the families who get out early and stay out late.  

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