The summer holidays are literally right around the corner. Six weeks of entertaining the kids is often baffling even for the most organised of parents.
I was sat at the beach last weekend, one of the largest, free spaces for kids to run, explore and learn. I was sat not too far from a family, a mother with a young daughter and slightly older son. The daughter quite happily played with a bucket and spade, collecting shells, the son played with the sand and a spade for about twenty minutes dropped the spade and declared he was bored and wanted his iPad, in fact demanded his iPad.
The boys mother told him to just play on the beach and enjoy the sand. The boy just stood, yelled and stamped his feet until the iPad was produced, he then sat on a picnic blanket and his attention was immediately sucked away from the outside world into the virtual reality of a nine inch screen.
So how do we get our kids active, get them engaged, using their imagination without letting them get glued to screens for the summer?
Well it's never easy, some parents have extensive funds and the ability to travel to amazing places, for other parents cash flow is limited and I'll admit that since having children I have been part of the latter but hopefully this summer I can share with you some of my experiences and maybe give you some ideas for entertaining the next generation this holiday.
So over the next six weeks, join me on my summer adventure of highs, lows, sunny days and rainy ones and see if the Pirates and Paperdolls Crew can inspire your holiday adventures.