What's the best way to keep toddlers happy on holiday? With their newfound mobility, pent-up energy and growing sense of adventure, tots can make family travel particularly stressful.
You have the power to make a child's life better. In September you'll start all over again. With a brand new set of kids who'll look up to you, and come looking for you when they need an ice pack or a few words of encouragement.
For the English schools, we are about to head into the long summer holidays, those of you who read in Scotland or America, you are already headlong into them! We all know how wonderful the summer holidays can be: A time to be free from routine! However, it can also be a time when we hear a record amount of times, 'I AM BORED'!
In the heat of summer, enduring childhood memories are forged: of scalding sands on foreign beaches, of holiday romance and heartbreak, of campsite misadventures, of that first clandestine beer. Life-forming experiences in simpler times.
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.
Every year there are the same old debates about whether the school summer holidays are too long and could be spread more evenly around the rest of the year. But that doesn't deal with the essential issue of parents' holidays not in any way equalling those their children get, even if each parent takes them separately.
The problem with holiday brochure paradise is that holiday brochures are written by advertising professionals and designed by Photoshop. There are white sand beaches with palms and 'crystal clear water' - of course, but that's not all you need.
Anyone familiar with Wii Sports Resort will instantly feel at home in Tignes. The French alpine resort could almost have been the inspiration for the video game where just about every sport and leisure activity is available in one purpose-built, picture-perfect resort.
We all know that schoolchildren go through a "summer dip", where learning falls back over the long summer holiday. From 2015, state schools will even be allowed to set their own term times, which may see summer holidays shortened.
With the school summer holidays in full swing, you'll no doubt be jam-packing the weeks full of fun activities to keep your kids entertained - from trips to theme parks, summer camps, visiting family and much more. But what about the odd days when you're sat at home?
From festivals to social media, we're spending more time with our friends. A growing number of us enjoy a close group of mates that we consider to be a surrogate family: a friendship-family or 'Framily'. In some cases, this is taking over from where the traditional family unit may have left off: either in distance, as people move away from home, or emotionally.
We've all been there: you diet for months before a trip so that you don't scare any locals at the beach, then spend your longed for holiday drinking cream-based cocktails, eating kebabs and lying down.
If you are lonely, have few social outlets, low self confidence or self esteem, then the summer months can be challenging. You may find it difficult to go out on your own, if others are out as couples, families or groups of friends, and you have no one to share the summer with. Seeing others apparently living the life you wish you had can make you feel worse about your own situation.
Looking to take your other half on a romantic summer break to rekindle the flames? Or do you just want some well-deserved time out with your partner? Whether they love the arts or the tourist classics, here are the top spots with perfect backdrops for a bit of romance - day or night.
Families love Cornish beach-beauties like Kynance Cove and Porthcurno, while Summerleaze (at Bude), Watergate Bay and Sennen Cove always score highly for ease-of-access, child-friendly facilities, beach lifeguards and places to eat.
The summer break, especially for university students, is a time to travel and to tick off a few things on your bucket list. Obviously though, as students, our budgets are tight and often in-disposable so an affordable holiday to Zante is usually the only obtainable option. But there is no harm in dreaming of many possibilities right?...