Most parents will agree that a six-hour school day doesn’t provide nearly enough stimulation for most children. So when they burst through the door each evening, other than the TV or the Xbox - what else can you do to keep your kids occupied? (So you can relax a little more after your long day)
You probably won’t be popular for mentioning it, but the summer holidays are just about drawing to a close. It won’t be long before the kids are back in the classroom, learning about Pythagoras’s theorem, the six wives of Henry VIII, ox-bow lakes and other such fascinating topics.
Whether your kids are just starting primary school or getting ready to start their final year of GCSEs, they’ll need to be adequately prepared if they’re going to thrive. So, let’s run through a checklist of back-to-school hacks.
Six weeks, as many of you will now be realising, is a long time to fill – and keeping the kids busy can often be a struggle. If you don’t have the finances available to go out every day, or you’d rather avoid the hassle, then you’ll be happy to learn that keeping the kids entertained at home is pretty simple. Provided, of course, that you’re in tune with their interests.
Let’s take a look at a few activities for the six weeks' holiday, and see which might make the best match for your family!
Sunshine and warmer temperatures can only mean one thing in the UK - barbecues! But it needn’t mean sacrificing a healthy lifestyle – in fact, provided you’re cutting out the molten cheese and bread, it can be one of the most nutritious ways to eat. Let’s take a look at a handful of healthy barbecue recipes.
These little 'buddies' store nutrients in their short stems, so bulbs are naturally an easy means of getting into gardening (because they're low maintenance) - in fact, a few potted bulbs can have fantastic results without a great deal of effort.
They're perfect for any level of gardener; if your orchid's are taking up most of your focus and time, you can be safe in the knowledge that your little bulbs are (mostly) taking care of themselves.
Most of us relish a spell of sunshine. It’s a chance to apply a dollop of factor-15 and head out into the garden for a barbeque. With that said, there is such a thing as too much heat! When muggy weather turns your bedroom into a sauna, getting to sleep can be a challenge. Similarly, if you’re out and about, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke all pose a threat. Children are at particular risk, which is why keeping kids cool during a heat-wave is so important.
Here’s five tips that’ll make keeping cool in a heat wave straightforward - both in the home and out of it.