We recently went away with a family who had an older child, not quite teens but it made me think about what can do over the coming years to stop the dependency on devices. At 6, Noah is very much a tablet or Xbox child, but thankfully he is just as happy to go out for a bike ride or swimming. As much as teens love spending time online, it’s wise to remember that too much of a good thing isn’t always good. Social media has made it easier to find lost friends and relatives, but the constant sharing of personal information and the ability to get it on demand have led to other problems like cyberbullying, anxiety and depression. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent your kids from getting too dependent on this phenomenon. Here are some alternate activities you can get your teens involved in.
On Mothers Day we managed to get out in the local park for an hour or so, usually we either rush around the park with the dogs or we go somewhere else. It was nice to just be at the park and be there! No rushing around. We enjoyed the space around us and explored, it was fun and we found some parts of the park that we hadn’t seen before.
On Saturday we took a little trip to Norfolk to try out BeWILDerwood, we drove past it everyday when we stayed at Hall Farm Cottages in Ludham and we have been desperate to go since then. The weather looked dry and mild on Saturday so we knew it was the right time to go. BeWilderwood is in Hoveton, very near Wroxham, it’s a lovely area if you are planning a holiday as there is so much to do.
London is a great destination for everyone and it has something for people of all ages. While the city is well-known the world over for its vibrant nightlife, it is also a great places to visit with your family. Whether you are planning on bringing a baby or a toddler to London, there are plenty of fun and exciting things that you can do to keep them interested. Here are a few of them.
I have so many adventures planned this year already; with a European break and somewhere a little further afield on the horizon, I have officially caught the wanderlust bug. Recently, whilst thinking of all the places I’d like to visit over the next few years, one style of trip that really appeals to me is a cruise after the fun we had last August. Depending on the package, you have the option to see a selection of cities, and when it comes to seeing more of Europe, I think this is a better way than booking individual trips. We loved doing this when we did our cruise. If you’re not convinced, here are my top reasons why:
You are now past the nerve-wracking trimester of your pregnancy, hence planning for some fun and recreational activities won’t be a wrong move. The first-trimester, I can understand, how nauseatic it can be and getting down to plan something sportive might turn ugly for you. But the good news is, it’s over now and you are living the golden months of a woman’s life. So, pamper yourself as much as possible and bask in around.
We live in Cambridgeshire and we love going out on the Norfolk Broads – we do it whenever we get the chance. Little did we know how beautiful the river scenery is on our front doorstep and how easy it is to go on a boat trip. We hired a boat from Purvis Marina in Huntingdon on Saturday for a nice family day out – a birthday treat for Daddy.
Prepare to launch into an adventurous or romantic escapade to discover some of the best islands in the Mediterranean. While the vast richness of the Mediterranean is indisputable, there are some fantastic and memorable places that must not be missed due to their exotic character, perfect climate, ancient history, special nightlife and unique natural habitat. From Spain to Greece, Morocco, Southern Italy and Malta there is something to enjoy for everyone and that is sure to satisfy any individual taste. I am looking forward to discovering some of these places when we go on our family cruise in August.
On Saturday morning we met the very lovely Hattie Garlick and the team at Rainham Marshes RSPB to celebrate the launch of Hattie’s new book Born to be Wild in a very nature oriented, let’s get outside kind of way. It was great to get out in the fresh air and explore: pond dipping, nature spotting and creating an Easter tree. All things we had never done before as a family, it was great fun.
Ahead of the summer, Sky has announced a huge expansion of its content library, jumping from 700 to a whopping 4,000 episodes. Now home to more of the most-watched kids’ shows than any other service, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained, come rain or shine. What better way to watch them than to make a den?