Children's book author Michael Rosen, who wrote We're Going on a Bear Hunt, shares his tips and tricks on how to amuse your little ones over the holidays. Some of our best memories of family life, whether as parents or remembering being a child, are times of laughter. I was lucky to have been brought up in a family that treasured hilarity. My parents and brother had a knack for turning everyday events, or the things people said, into anecdotes and retellings that made us all laugh. Stories in books, and performances on television and radio, intermingled with our own family sagas, near-calamities and odd encounters. On one occasion, my brother left our campsite on the North York Moors to go home, en route for France. Just after we had waved him goodbye, my mother realised that he hadn’t taken the door key to our house. No problem, said my father, we can race the train in the car across the moors to Pickering and hand it over to him. Register for free to read this … [Read more...] about The secret to making children laugh this summer
This is the summer to unlearn everything you know about holiday parenting. The routine, the strict screen time, the goals, the standards; when you go away this summer, drop it all; “unparenting”, if you like. It’s 2019; English weather is good, we’ve all thrown out the rule book. But what does this mean for holidays? You’ve already booked. Everyone’s excited. How can you ensure that this summer’s trip is a success? By lightening up. British families pivot into holiday mode with an awkward jolt – but not this year. Holidays hinge on your ability to find escapism, according to Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, a consultant clinical psychologist who appeared on the Channel 4 documentary The Secret Life of 4 and 5 Year Olds. And this means committing to ditching the normal routine: “If you’re on holiday, you don’t have to do what my kids call ‘#parentinggoals’ 24/7,” she says. To continue … [Read more...] about Why everything you’ve learnt about holiday parenting is wrong
The British invented the seaside. Other nations will surely contest this claim, but the historical evidence is unambiguous. This year, on July 22, the world will celebrate 283 years since a British man and his wife first had the brilliant idea of going to the beach. Already I can feel incensed readers preparing to contradict me, their fingers poised above their keyboards to post hostile comments. What are you on about? How can you prove? Surely, the Romans at Ostia? Hawaiians with their surfboards? Sappho on Lesbos? Of course, in the two million or so years of human evolution, some of our ancestors must have thought it would be nice to lie on the shingle listening to the sound of the waves, but... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in Taking the water Everything is here: loafing in the sunshine, swimming, seafood, the need to boast about it all to a friend, and even the slight guilt at enjoying such a brainless … [Read more...] about How an English vicar invented the beach holiday
David Atkinson Travel writer Follow 13 June 2019 • 12:12pm Ahead of Father’s Day, single father David Atkinson wonders when lone dads will be as welcome on holidays as married parents We went to stay with Spanish friends during the last school holiday. It worked well for a family trip with two other kids for my two girls to play with, the freedom of an unstructured routine and an insider sense of the local culture. But, most of all, as a man who has travelled alone with his kids since they were young, there was another man there who both understood the challenges of modern fatherhood and shared my passion for showing his children the world. I often struggle to find this kind of camaraderie on a family holiday. The sense of isolation I have felt at times as a divorced father - I share custody jointly with the girls’ mother - has made for some uncomfortable travel experiences. It’s not just the practical aspects, such as who keeps an eye on … [Read more...] about Why do single dads face so much casual sexism when they travel?
With pebble beaches, turquoise water, pristine islands and car-free seaside towns, Croatia is a great destination for a family holiday. Add tasty food, a genuine appreciation of children, excellent sports facilities, and a new generation of hotels aimed specifically at families, and you have all the elements necessary for a memorable trip. But where can you find the best villas? Which beaches are most suitable for families? Which companies provide the most inspiring and challenging outdoor adventure holidays? Read on for my pick of the 10 best ways for families to visit Croatia. Have I missed your favourite way to holiday in Croatia? Let us know in the comments below. 1. Best for keeping everyone happy Built around a Venetian-era harbour, Rovinj, in Croatia’s north-western Istrian peninsula, across the Adriatic Sea from Venice, exudes romance, without excluding families. Stay at Amarin, and you can enjoy a candlelit dinner for two, as services include 24-hour childcare. … [Read more...] about The 10 best family holidays in Croatia