Finding a first family holiday abroad for our picky eater daughter who has a dislike of new situations wasn’t going to be easy. It was late in the year yet we wanted a short flight and plenty to occupy and entertain three-year-old Tilly. Twenty years since my last family package holiday, I had a lot to learn.
If Tilly is anything to go by, small children really enjoy a variety of activities. They love seeing animals, playing and going on rides and when you combine them all you’ve got a winning combination for a full day out. That’s precisely what Paradise Wildlife Park offers, located in eastern Hertfordshire near Broxbourne. Read about our day plus have the chance to win a family ticket to the park with our giveaway – worth over £60.
Transforming a child’s behaviour can come from the least expected of places. When organised play isn’t working, try talking them away into nature. That’s just what we did with Tilly and it worked wonders.
It can be frustrating when your child is the one in the class that’s different to all the others. That’s often been my experience with Tilly. The others sings and dances, while she wants out. It’s something I’m learning to understand and nurture and who knows, perhaps she’s actually has got more sense than everyone else anyway.
Trampolining is one of those activities that Tilly never gets tires of. During the colder months jumping has become a firm favourite of our week and as summer turns to autumn it’s a great time to try it out if you haven’t been before. It’s fair to say that we were more than a little excited when we were invited to the Jump In trampoline park in Slough which offers trampolining and soft play to keep the little ones happy.
A railway museum and a Steampunk festival may sound like an unlikely combination but it actually makes for a brilliant family day out, as we discovered at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.
When my daughter exploded into tantrums as we attempted to have her passport photo taken at a local shop, I knew our family holiday could be in trouble. It was time to relieve the pressure on our child, step up and take the photo myself in the comforting environment of home. Here’s my DIY guide to how we got our passport photo made and accepted.
The countdown has begun. The schools are back, meaning it’s now just a year until Tilly starts in reception and my time with her is dramatically reduced. This is our last opportunity for term-time fun and I have every intention of making the most of the next 12 months. There are preparations to make for school too, though, such as securing a much coveted place and getting reading and writing skills up to standard. Oh and then I need to work out what on earth I’m going to do once Tilly is at school. One way or another, it’s going to be a busy year.
Enjoy the last days of summer at Lords, The Home of Cricket, with our giveaway to win a pair of tickets to the Royal London One-Day Cup Final.
The charming Buckinghamshire village of Great Missenden was for a long time the home of author Roald Dahl, most famous for his children’s books. Now it’s home to a the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, dedicated to celebrating his life and work and inspiring the creativity of new generations of children. I take young Tilly to introduce her to the world of Dahl for the first time, plus we’ve a golden ticket giveaway with a family ticket to the museum up for grabs.