Is camping the best kind of family holiday? I know plenty of parents who think so. It’s something to do not just with the immersion in nature and fresh air but the sheer amount of day-to-day activity involved, from the mundane (water fetching, sleeping bag stashing) to the thrilling (fire stoking, s’mores toasting). Restless kids are rarely bored. But camping with your own gear limits your horizons. You need a car to lug your stuff, which means you can only go so far afield. It’s no surprise, then, that campervan-hire companies are proliferating in popular European destinations and bookings from families in peak season are on the rise. A campervan trip is, of course, much more expensive than camping (van hire is roughly the same per day as a mid-range hotel or self-catering option), but comes in slightly cheaper than a fly-drive holiday as you save the car hire. It’s also a good sustainable option: taking the train to your campervan destination is greener than … [Read more...] about Ready to roll: a family campervan holiday through Portugal
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Is there anywhere you can escape the talk of Brexit? You'd think a daycare nursery might be a Brexit-free zone - but the children will come out with something surprising pretty much every day, according to Adele Moore. The former marketing high-flier spent two years commuting to Dublin with her infant daughter in her previous role, but then took the momentous decision to set up a daycare facility in the Co Down village of Holywood. Now the nursery has scooped the Best Outdoor Learning Award and Best Inclusive Practice Award at the Families First NI Awards. Adele (40) says no two days are the same at a daycare nursery - and it's amazing the things that the children come out with. "Children are very funny in the things they say - there's always something," she says. "I overheard one of the after-school children saying to my daughter, 'So what do you think about all this Brexit stuff?' Dublin-born Adele commuted from Holywood to her marketing job at Samsung Telecommunications in Dublin … [Read more...] about Meet the Co Down mother who gave up a high-flying career to start a nursery school
Opinion PUBLISHED: 05:30 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:26 07 March 2019 Paul Geater No northern bypass can be built without new homes being built in the Fynn Valley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Let me make it clear from the start that I would love it if there was an Ipswich northern bypass. It would make my journeys from my home in north west of the town to the Suffolk coast much easier. Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter said there was "no chance" of him supporting the northern by-pass. Picture: ARCHANTBut despite the announcements last week, I really cannot see it ever happening – and if it does, it won’t ease traffic in Ipswich.Because the fact is the prospect of a road across the top of Ipswich is so dependent on new development along its route that there really wouldn’t be much room for the vehicles that everyone in the town is worried about.A northern by-pass has been looked at many times already – most … [Read more...] about Are we ready to pay the true price to build a new by pass north of Ipswich?
BOREDOM is a good thing and encourages imagination, says the manuals. Try telling that to the parents facing a stroppy child mid-meltdown. Whether it’s a reliance on screens, a need for constant attention or demands for the latest toy, we all have moments when our kids press our buttons and sometimes it can be hard to keep your cool. So what are you meant to do when you are confronted with huffs and puffs from very vocal little ones? The Scottish Government’s Parent Club website is full of handy hints to help you tackle the challenges of raising kids, including battling boredom. When your child is having fun or busy, it will have a positive impact on their behaviour and everyone benefits Less like a manual, thankfully, this friendly site is packed with ideas, practical tips and recipes, and covers issues familiar to all parents. We’ve enlisted the help of our parent panel to share their own tips about beating boredom. Fitness instructor Carol Ramsay, 43, from East … [Read more...] about How to beat the boredom blues: Advice on ways to keep kids busy
Despite the thriving labour market, layoffs still happen every single day. Budgets are scrapped and teams are restructured, people lose their jobs and have to start again. If you find yourself in this position it’s important that you know what to do. What do you tell your family? How do you find a new job? When should you reach out to your network? We answer all these questions and more below. Talk to someoneFirst things first, you need tell someone what has happened. Ring your mum and cry down the phone or meet up with your best friend for some beers and a rant. You need to let off some steam with someone that you know and trust. Once the initial shock has worn off you can start to tell the rest of your inner circle. Remember that people will want to help so tell them exactly what you need e.g. ‘’I really need someone to listen’’ or ‘’I don’t want to talk about it for a few days.’’ They can follow your lead. Take a secondIf … [Read more...] about You’ve been laid off, now what? A list of everything that you need to do next