Making The Most Of The Kids Holidays

  The school holidays are upon us and I hope you’ve had your Butlin’s Red Coat dry cleaned and aired for the next few weeks of entertainment!The school break is a time for relaxation, recovery and re -cooperating energy but it can also feel like a burden of responsibility and an expensive nightmare if you […]

It’s the Summer Hols – SO…….. How much screen time is OK for your kids?

When does screentime become unhealthy – what are the guidelines and how can you ‘Talk & Teach’ your kids to find that balance between enjoying their iPad and playing outside?  Many parents believe that technology and gadgets are essential for their child’s development, but it can quickly and easily get out of hand can’t it? How do […]

Half – Term things to do !

  I’ve been asked by BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester this week to comment on some ideas to make the half term more fun and enjoyable and it got me pondering about the language we use to describe holiday time. If you think it will be looooong, full of whining about “being bored” and stressful […]

‘There’s Nothing to Do!’

It’s the Summer hols and unless you are happy to dust off and dry clean your Butlin’s Red Coat ready to entertain the kids full time here are some simple ideas from Huffington Post Parents blog 🙂 Now that it’s summer, my 9-year-old son is constantly complaining that he’s bored. He will start camp soon, […]

Things to do, places to see to keep SANE in the Summer Holidays !

How can I make the Summer holidays fun, relaxed, interesting and happy – building childhood memories that last a lifetime? Where can we go that’s interesting? What can I teach the kids that’s inspiring – how to cook, how to bake, how to paint, how to garden, how to build? How can I get the balance […]

Holidaying with teens – 10 things you can ALL do!

  We’ve just come back from our hols in Spain and we all had brilliant time so here are some of my top tips for enjoying not surviving your Summer Hols with your teenage kids. 1. Daydream and visualise it going well. Spend just 5 minutes a day, last thing at night, focusing on the […]

Spanish Family Life

  I’m on holiday in Spain at the moment with my daughter visiting a friend who lives in Altea. It’s glorious and I’m always struck by the relaxed family ethos of growing up in Spain . One of the things which attracts so many people to this country is the Spanish lifestyle which is so […]

I’m excited as today I am interviewing Bear Grylls about his passion for getting kids OFF THE SOFA & OFF THE COMPUTER GAMES !

                                             Today I am excited as I am interviewing Bear Grylls about his passion for outdoor activities. With today’s kids glued to computer games, ipads, ipods and TV I thought it would be fascinating to discover more about Bear’s passion for teaching kids to build dens, make rope swings and have fun […]


I have just discovered Pinterest ! It is absolutely fantastic and very addictive ! Check out my page here But I also came across a lovely post of 75 wonderfully simple activities to do with your kids over the holidays or over a lifetime  which range from Glow sticks in the bathtub. (I had […]

What’s Skittles, Santa and Salad Got In Common?

  “There’s a lot of sitting around eating and watching TV over the Christmas period, so family and fitness experts provide ideas on how to keep the whole family active and entertained while the telly’s switched off. Thoughts of Christmas don’t exactly conjure up images of exercising, watching what you eat and looking after the […]

How was your day?

    It was 2.30 am and I couldn’t sleep on holiday recently, so I got up and started to write a blog on the veranda. A couple walked by, a little worse for wear on the delicious happy hour fruit cocktails. The man looked up at me and said in a rather too loud […]

“I’m BORED !” Struggling to entertain the kids?

  I was delighted to see my interview in today’s Scotland’s Press PARENTS struggling to find fun holiday activities sometimes turn to TV and video games as a means of keeping kids busy, while others let wee ones amuse themselves playing computer games instead of enjoying the great outdoors. According to research by Michelin I-Spy […]

It takes ingenuity to enjoy the British summer !

Having just spent the last few hours watching my great friend Nicky’s cine camera’s childhood put onto a DVD for her parents 56th Wedding Anniversary I read this article in today’s Daily Telegraph with a wry smile as this encapsulates her childhood of growing up in Hove with her 6 other brothers and sisters. They played […]

Looong Summer Hols……

I’ve been asked by BBC Radio Wales this week to comment on some ideas to make the looooong summer holidays more fun and enjoyable and it got me pondering about the language we use to describe the summer hols. If you think it will be looooong, full of whining about “being bored” and stressful …… […]