School Holidays

Not All Parents Are Cursing The Summer Holidays

Tina Medlock | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Usually, by the end of the summer term, Joseph has had enough and so have I. Between September and July, I juggle the school drop offs and pick ups around work and his other social commitments and it's usually taken it's toll on me.

Enjoy The Mess And Get A Sun Tan: Tips To Make The Summer Holidays Run Smoothly

John L. Adams | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

Dedicating just a few minutes to structured activities each day will make life considerably easier for you when the kids return to school. All that's needed is five or ten minutes of spellings or times tables. In my experience, it helps children settle back into school at the other end of the holidays.

Free Things To Do With Your Kids In London And The UK This August

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents

Going out with the kids during the summer holidays doesn’t have to cost a fortune. While family tickets for the big name festivals can be expensive,...

Fun For Free: Parents Share Their Budget Ideas For School Holiday Fun

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents

As every parent knows, the cost of summer holidays can really rack up - from summer sport classes to big ticket days out. But there are still ways to ...

The Joy Of Pick Your Own

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents

Pick-your-own farms are a great way for children to have hands-on experience of nature in all its summer bounty. Whether it’s searching out succulen...

Free Things To Do With The Kids In London And The UK This June

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents

Going out with the kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here’s a selection of some free family days out taking place across the UK this month. Kee...

Free Things To Do With The Kids In London And The UK This May

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents

Entertaining the kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are fun and free activities taking place up and down the UK this May. Even better, there...

Radio Times: How To Fit Radiotherapy In The Christmas School Holidays

Zuzana Brianza | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Parents
Zuzana Brianza

I'm not quite sure what my session involves. I did get a package with useful information but between Christmas cards and practicing songs for the school carols service I didn't get around to read it. Nevertheless, looking at the wall display celebrating 100 years of radiography I'm rather relieved the technology has advanced significantly.

8 Things That Are Slowly Bankrupting You During Half Term

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents

You’re not imagining it, half term really is bankrupting you. A new study by American Express has shown that parents spend, on average, £276 more ...

Some Parents Can Now Take Kids On Term-Time Holidays Without Being Fined

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Parents

A council in England has has temporarily abolished automatic fines for parents taking their kids on holiday during term time. Derbyshire County Counci...

Back To School: Dealing With The September Dread

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Parents

No one enjoys the end of a holiday, but a new study has revealed that 50% of children are now “dreading” going back to school in September. The re...

11 Best 'Back To School' Photography Ideas For Parents

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents

Back to school photographs are an important memory for all parents, especially if it is your child’s first day. Now these parents on Pinterest have ...

Dear Control Freak Mum

Susie Weaver | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Parents
Susie Weaver

They're children. You're their mother. All they want is for you to relax. Your house is never going to look anything like the White Company catalogue and does it really matter? You're making everyone miserable, especially yourself.

12 Tweets That Sum Up Our Love-Hate Relationship With School Holidays

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Parents

Whether you’re having a staycation or going abroad this summer, the six-week holiday is without a doubt the longest period of any parent’s calenda...

School's Out For Summer - Now What?

Julian Vigo | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK
Julian Vigo

For those with children this week marks the end of the school year which brings much excitement to children around the country, but economic worry to ...

9 Things We're Secretly Dreading About The School Summer Holidays

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Parents

The school summer holidays are here once again and, if we’re honest, that isn’t something that makes all parents feel completely jubilant at the t...

Why Food Shopping in the Summer Holidays Is Hard

Sarah Willingham | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Willingham

When the children break up, the contents of my purse seem to just disappear! School holidays are expensive with childcare, entertainment, buying new uniform and now, according to recent reports, the average family food shop doubles over the six week break! Children love to snack and having them at home for every meal soon increases the food bill...

8 Creative Indoor Games And Activities To Do With Kids This Half Term

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Parents

During any school holiday, finding things to do with kids that are enjoyable for everyone and don't cost a bomb can be a challenge. Rather than relyin...

Brighton Proposes New School Term Dates, But Will It Actually Lead To Cheaper Family Holidays?

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Parents

A local council is debating plans to overhaul school term dates to allow parents to book cheaper family holidays. Brighton and Hove City Council is...

The Good, the Bad and the Sandy: What Holidays Are REALLY Like When You Have Kids

Helen Thorn | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Thorn

Now I have small children, a 'holiday' rarely involves two minutes of peace. Although it does seem involve the same amount of alcohol - just with less bikinis on a boat and more PJs on plastic furniture. So here's what summer holidays mean, now that I am a Scummy Mummy.

The End (of The Holiday) Is Nigh...

Kate Shippey | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Shippey

I'm the mother who has to hush my children to the doorway to check that it's not too full or noisy (first born), that it doesn't smell too plasticky (second born) and that there is good security on the entrance/exit doors (third born).

Plane Travel During Term Time Sucks Children's Brains Out, Warns Ghost of Michael Gove

Maddie Sinclair | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Maddie Sinclair

The omnipresent spectre of sacked Education Secretary, Michael Gove, continues to save children from hemorrhaging intellect as soon as they step foot on an aeroplane during term time.

Smart Parent's Guide to Shrinking Summer Holiday Spend

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

Six weeks of summer and the media is reporting a £600 spend on entertaining the kids. That's up 50% on 2012 figures and doesn't include childcare.

Exhausted Mother Epidemic as School Year Ends

Prabs Patel | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Parents
Prabs Patel

Parents at her children's school have been shocked by the developments. "We always knew she wasn't the most organised or involved of mothers but this is a shock," said one who did not wish to be named.

Keep Cool and Carry On - Coping With Kids in the Blistering British Heat

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

When the weather changes more often than the balls at Wimbledon, how do you keep your kids cool, calm and collected throughout the day and night, and hold on to some shred of sanity yourself?