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  • 1 Aug 2016

    HOW TO GIVE YOUR KIDS A 1970s SUMMER

    Andrea Mynard gets excited about allowing her daughter a free-range summer holiday. The sun is shining, the summer holidays are beckoning and l’m starting to daydream about children climbing trees, having picnics and camping out in the tree-house. Images of my own 1970s childhood flash into my mind: cycling off with friends to a nearby brook to find tadpoles that we attempted to bring home in jam-jars, making treasure maps and dens and generally running wild with the three children who lived next door. […] more

  • 15 Jul 2016

    101 Free Summer Activities

    For many of us the summer holidays are here and, whether your children attend school or you home educate, it can be an expensive time of year. We’ve put together a list of 101 completely free activities for the whole family to enjoy this summer, with many that can be enjoyed indoors in the unpredictable British climate: […] more

  • 15 Jul 2016

    10 positive parenting tips for your wild child!

    HAVE A STRONG-WILLED CHILD? You're lucky! Strong willed children can be a challenge to parent when they’re young, but if sensitively parented, they become terrific teens and young adults. Self-motivated and inner-directed, they go after what they want and are almost impervious to peer pressure. As long as parents resist the impulse to "break their will," strongwilled kids often become leaders. 
What exactly is a strong-willed, or spirited, child? Some parents call them "difficult" or “stubborn,” but we could also see strong-willed kids as people of integrity who aren’t easily swayed from their own viewpoints. Laura Markham on why you are lucky to have a strong-willed child who can sometimes be a bit wild. […] more

  • 15 Jul 2016

    Plan a Staycation

    The word ‘staycation’ crept into our lexicon some time in the late noughties when people began to feel the pinch of the recession. Suddenly, jetting off to foreign climes wasn’t the cheap and cheerful option, and folks began to look closer to home for their summer jollies. A good thing too, with air travel cited as the least environmental form of transport. A staycation is basically a vacation at home. Here are some of the ways to make your staycation a family event to remember... […] more

  • 11 Jul 2016

    Get the new edition out this week

    The theme for our latest edition is roots. Want to know how to honour grandparents, preserve memories and revive the lost art of letter writing? This edition is packed with articles to help you on your way. We also check out schools where your child can learn real survival skills such as how to make shelter and light a fire. And offer you 12 wild camping experiences in some of the most stunning places in the UK. Plus meet families who’ve taken to the road and are living their dream, the mum who home educates from a tiny house and the homebirth advocate who is on a mission to change maternity care in the UK. […] more

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