summer holidays

beach at Lake Michigan

My Summer Survival Strategy

My Summer Survival Strategy (with my kids!) It might seem like a strange thing to need to a summer survival strategy, but if you have kids, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. At the beginning of the summer holidays last year I wrote a post examining why I find the… Read More »My Summer Survival Strategy

Taking care of a Pop-up Pool, girls swimming

Taking care of a Pop-up Pool

Taking care of a Pop-up Pool We have had a framed pop-up pool in our garden for 7 years, and taking care of it isn’t a chore as we follow a few basic guidelines. Whether you already have a small to medium swimming pool or are considering buying one, I… Read More »Taking care of a Pop-up Pool

needing time on my own at the beach

Why do I find the summer so difficult as a parent?

Why do I find the summer so difficult as a parent? Here in Ireland the children are all on the their summer holidays, the primary schools broke up at the end of last week and only return on 1st September – 9 weeks off! However, the secondary schools broke up… Read More »Why do I find the summer so difficult as a parent?

7 Easy and Fun Art Projects for Kids Aged 7 and up

7 Easy and Fun Art Projects for Kids Aged 7 and up Here are 7 different art projects – one for each day of the week (if you’re up for that!) – which are all both easy and fun to do with your kids aged 7 years old and up.… Read More »7 Easy and Fun Art Projects for Kids Aged 7 and up

The Complaints Department will Open when I’m in the Right Mood

I have had a few years of summer holidays with my kids at home for about nine weeks, this year is my first with a teenager who gets three months. The past years have presented one or two challenges so this year I am bucking up my approach. Oh, how I… Read More »The Complaints Department will Open when I’m in the Right Mood