2nd September 2015 Helen 29Comment

This week is manic for parents. As we snap back into the September routine (and ask where the summer went) we’ll run around in a tizz wondering: How fast should we leave the Junior Infant classroom? Is the fourth class student too young to walk home alone? Will the uniforms fit? Will friends be made? Will bags be too heavy, lunches eaten and just how bad will traffic be?   Not that far away from the comfort of our busy days though other parents make decisions that are in an entirely different league.  These are the dilemmas of desperate parents. Should we pack up all we can carry…

17th August 2014 Helen 17Comment

Some think of camping as character building, some as an endurance test, but I think it’s great. I have hazy childhood memories of setting up tents in monsoons of rain in France in the 1980’s (when equipment always seemed to let my folks down), and wine soaked memories from more recent long weekends with our own kids.  So, a little late in the season admittedly, but as promised to a few hardy all-weather sorts, here’s my guide to camping with young children. Be prepared: This doesn’t come as a shock to most parents, but being organised makes your camping trip way less…