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7 ways to keep the kids busy after school

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)

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Back to school checklist and hacks

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.

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Six week holidays: Things to do with family

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!

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School's out for summer

School’s out, so now what? With a good six weeks to fill, take a read of Skint Dad's ideas on what to do this summer holidays...

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5 ways to keep your family cool in a heat wave

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.

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5 free things to do this February Half Term

Keeping your little ones occupied each half term can be a stressful time for parents – just thinking about activities (and distractions) is enough to drive anyone crazy! Whether it’s time, money, weather, boredom or just adapting to the kids’ ever changing whims: school holiday can be tough for even the most patient parent.

But, the good news is that with a little pre-break planning you can have this half-term in the bag, so sit back, relax and let these HomeServe holiday tips help you become that most unusual of creatures...the parent with happy, tired and satisfied kids. And you might even have a bit of time left over for, well, whatever it is that’ll make you feel happy, tired and satisfied too!

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The 12 hacks of Christmas

It's the same every year. One minute you're clearing up the Halloween cobweb streamers, the next you're being targeted by relatives arranging imminent Christmas visits.

Sure it’s a time to be merry and bright, but it can also get a little stressful. Fear not – we've put together our top Christmas hacks to get you through the festive season with your peace of mind – and wallet – intact.

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