Whether you’re popping up the road to see your grandparents, are off to the seaside, or are off on holiday, and the kids are coming along for the ride, then you’ll need to be prepared. Fail to prepare, and you could be in for a thoroughly miserable time. That’s the end of the bad news, though. The good news is that with just a little bit of preparation and pre-planning, you can walk away from the experience entirely unscathed.

So, here’s how to prepare for a long car journey with kids of all ages…

Whilst the baby shower is a long-established tradition in the United States, it’s gaining traction this side of the pond; and it’s no surprise, really! A baby shower is the perfect way for prospective parents and their nearest and dearest to get together and celebrate the arrival of a new member of the clan.

Whether this is your first, or your fiftieth baby shower, we thought we would offer some tips and advice for picking the perfect baby shower gift, every time.

Crafts are a great way to develop your children’s creative and problem-solving skills. They’re great fun, and they might lead to more elaborate creative ventures further down the line. It’ll teach them how to manage their time and get a project over the line, and give them a sense of real accomplishment when they finally do.

In most households, one person usually ends up doing the majority of the cleaning. In some, the chore falls entirely on that one unfortunate person – they’re the specialist, whose work is, barring a few sporadic spells of cleanliness, taken for granted.

Getting children to read from an early age is a fantastic way to prepare them for the intellectual landscapes they’ll be navigating later in life. After all, reading is a skill that takes time to master. A good children’s book will provide exactly the required practice material – something that’ll engage your child from beginning to end, and keep them coming back for more.

One of the defining features of life in Great Britain is the presence of a good number of rainy days. For parents of small children, this can pose something of a challenge. Add to this the difficulty of prising children away from their screens even when the weather’s favourable, and the challenge becomes considerable. How are we to entertain our offspring when the weather outside is a bit on the dreary side?

While it might seem not so long ago that you were sunning yourself in the garden in the company of a bottle of wine and a barbequed chicken-skewer, we're now well into the time of year when you might just start to think about your Christmas shopping.

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