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  1. Adventurous family day out ideas for summer

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    Summer is coming and now is the perfect time to start planning your family days out, holidays and adventures!  If you are looking for some thrilling experiences for your whole family then here are some of the best suggestions for days out to really remember:

    Adventurous family day out ideas for summer

    Track Days

    For the Dads and teenagers why not book a car track day or driving experience?  You can take your own car to a track day  and whizz around with no speed limitations!  If you’d rather try out something made for speed then book a driving experience in a sports car.  If racing round a track isn’t your thing, then look into off road 4x4 driving.  You can often take passengers so older kids and teenagers may be able to enjoy the experience too.  Kids of ages 11-17 are able to take part in a junior experience with an instructor and drive a supercar themselves!  Younger kids will love the thrill of watching all the cars speed round the track and seeing Daddy whizz by!

    Rollercoasters

    What kid doesn’t love a rollercoaster or the excitement of a theme park?  There are plenty of destinations to choose from in the UK with Alton Towers and Thorpe Park being two of the most well-known.  Many parks have sections for younger children too so it’s a day the entire family can enjoy.  If someone has to wait with the kids then take advantage of the shorter single rider queues.

    Paintballing

    Paintballing is an exhilarating competitive sport which will feel like playing a real life video game!  Using a compressed gas gun you shoot pellets of paint at your opponents.  If hit, then you’re out!  Some larger centres offer low impact paintballing sessions with a minimum age of eight years old.  Other centres may have a minimum age of 12 or 15 so check with your nearest centre.

    Tree Top Adventures

    Something that’s been on my wish list for a long time is a trip to Go Ape to try their Tree Top Adventures.  Based high up in the trees of some of the most beautiful forests throughout the UK is a chance to swing, climb and navigate the high ropes to complete the course.  There’s also a junior section which is Suitable for those over 1m/3ft 3" tall.

    Caving

    From ages 6 to 60 go deep into the underground and complete challenges as a family.  Navigate your way through magnificent caves by crawling, climbing, walking and even wriggling!  It’s even possible to do caving indoors in a replica cave which is suitable for both adults and children for a 90 minute experience with realistic sights and sounds.

    Indoor skydiving

    So your three year old may not be able to jump out of a plane at ten thousand feet, but they can experience the safe and exciting world of indoor skydiving.  Yes you read that right, it’s suitable from age three!  Feel like you’re flying in a vertical wind tunnel, have a blast (literally) with the whole family!

    Hopefully this list has inspired you to start thinking outside the box for whole family adventurous activities this summer.

     

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  2. Working with Your Siblings to Care for Your Parents

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    When your parents get a little older, they start to get to the point where they need to be cared for. If you are their only child, then you’ll find that the responsibility is on you to make sure that they are in the right care home or that you look after them yourself. If you are one of a few children, you might find it a little harder to share the responsibility. In this article, we are going to take you through some tips on how to work with your siblings to care for your elderly parents. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more.

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    Sibling Roles

    The first thing that you need to consider is the roles that you have assumed through the years. You might find that one of your siblings has always taken the responsibility while another, normally the youngest, has just gone along with whatever has decided. You need to remember that just because it has worked like this in the past, doesn’t mean that you need to follow this when caring for your parents.

    Other Responsibilities

    Another thing that you need to consider when it comes to caring for your elderly parents with your siblings is the levels of responsibility that each sibling has. Maybe one of your siblings has four kids and a partner while you live by yourself and don’t have anyone else to look after. Make sure to consider these factors when deciding who will be the primary caregiver but remember to share responsibilities if you can.

    Talk To Each Other

    One of the most important things that you should do when sharing the responsibility of caring for your ageing parents is to talk to each other. Something that can tear families apart is unhappiness and lack of communication. If you feel like one of your siblings is not pulling their weight or that they not letting you help, say something. Hold some family meetings about this to make sure that everyone agrees on the big decisions that are being made.

    Talk to a Professional

    If you are really struggling to get through to your siblings about the stress that you are feeling, make sure to talk to someone else. You could talk to your friend or partner or even an online therapist like those at AskaCoach who will be expertise in the field. Getting your feelings out and hearing some advice will help you to understand how to approach this topic with your siblings and sort the situation out quicker. 

    The Cost

    It is likely that your parents have paid for a lot as you have grown up, so it is only right that you help them out in their old age. Perhaps you need to pay for some adjustments to their home or even a care home for them to stay in. Whatever it is, you should make sure to share the costs equally amongst your family. Don’t let your siblings have you cover everything as this will only lead to more arguments in the future.

     

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  3. All Things Wild Nature Centre Review

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    I can’t quite believe the kids have been back at school and nursery for nearly three weeks already since half term.  The school summer holidays will be here before we know it!  I still haven’t finished documenting what we got up to in the half term.  I did write a very honest Legoland review where I share why the park wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would be.  We still had a nice time, but the day after that trip we had a much better time at All Things Wild in Evesham. 

    We’d been meaning to go to All Things Wild since March for Reuben’s birthday.  We heard they had dinosaurs and he is dino obsessed.  Unfortunately it snowed heavily in March when we planned to go so we rearranged for the end of March and surprisingly it snowed heavily again! Our visit was long overdue so we finally managed to explore the nature centre for both Bella’s upcoming birthday and Reuben’s belated birthday treat.  In this blog post I’m going to share my honest review of All Things Wild Nature Centre in Honeybourne, near Evesham.

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

     

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    I really don’t know where to start as there was so much to see and do!  On their website they even have PDF you can download and print of ’50 things to do’ during your visit, so you can tick off as you go along.  There’s that many things to see and experience.  Let’s start with the dinosaur section as that’s where we went first.  When we arrived it said the dino train would start at 11am so we headed there first.  It’s a tractor that pulls some carriages of seats and it drives around the outdoor dinosaurs which are dotted around some fields and woods.  The kids absolutely loved the ride and dinosaur spotting.  Reuben was ecstatic as you can imagine!  Once off the train ride we walked around the dinosaurs including through a small woodland area where the train didn’t go.  The dinosaurs were probably the highlight of the day for Reuben.  He pretty much talks and walks dinosaurs so it was the perfect location for him.

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    There is also a sort of dinosaur museum inside a barn.  There are models of sabre tooth tigers, woolly mammoths and dinosaur skeletons. There are lots of amazing facts and some fossils too.  I didn’t get to spend long enough in here as the kids just dashed through.

    Even if your kids aren’t into dinos there is a lot more to see and do.  It’s an animal park with a petting area of goats, chickens and rabbits.  There are some exotic animals such as zebras and colourful parrots.  We saw meerkats, rheas, wallabys and porcupines.  There’s also a lemur walkthrough that opens at certain times which we didn’t even experience.  We have plenty to still do on our next visit.  Indoors there are some reptiles, insects and aquatic life.

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    The day we went was very drizzly and not overly warm so we didn’t spend as much time outdoors as we could have.  I’m hoping we can attend on a warm sunny day next time and have an even more enhanced experience.  There are lots of activities to do outdoors like diggers, mini golf, pond dipping, feeding animals, playparks and so much more.  We didn’t experience as much of this as we’d have liked as we wanted to keep moving once the rain began!

    Indoors there is a large soft play which we couldn’t get the kids out of!  It’s near the café so perfect for the adults to stop for a drink whilst the kids play.  We could only drag them out of the soft play with the temptation of the indoor beach!  There’s a humungous sandpit indoors where the kids can take off their shoes and play with buckets and spades.  Another area we had to drag them from unwillingly!  There’s another play barn that we didn’t even venture into.  I’m not sure what’s in it, but we simply ran out of time.

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    There’s a café that serves food, but there are also picnic benches indoors.  We did a mixture.  Some had a picnic and some ordered food.  We were all able to sit indoors to eat at some designated tables.  In the summer there are plenty of outdoor spaces, meadows and fields to sit at to eat a picnic outdoors.

    For my children who are ages three and six it was a brilliant day out.  There was so much to see and do for an entire day we couldn’t even fit it all in.  Even though it was a drizzly day we managed to have a brilliantly impressive day.  I can only imagine that we will have an even more awesome time on a sunny warm day and I hope we will get to do this in the summer holidays.

    You can find their website here: https://www.allthingswild.co.uk

     

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  4. How to help aging parents be more independent

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    Growing old and aging is difficult at the best of times, but I can’t imagine what it must feel like when you start to find everyday tasks challenging like going up stairs, picking things up off the floor or even simply walking around with ease.  If you have elderly parents or loved ones that are beginning to need assistance in some ways then it can often be hard for them to accept this as they wish to retain their independence.  Most of us don’t want to end up in a nursing home if we can help it, so here are a few tips to help your elderly loved ones be more independent and how we can also be independent when we age:

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    Downsize or relocate

    The first consideration might be whether the property your parents in is suitable anymore in size and location.  If they are in the middle of nowhere with no amenities in walking distance then it might be wise to consider a new home which is close to shops, pharmacies, libraries and community centres.  Downsizing might also be an option as a smaller property will be easier to manage.  If getting up and down stairs is an issue then a bungalow might be a better option than a house with more than one storey.

    Install a stairlift

    If they don’t want to downsize or relocate but find managing the stairs a challenge then why not install a stairlift?  This way they can stay in their beloved home, but still get around with ease.  A stair lift will also help to prevent falls.  They can be purchased outright or if the cost is too high then consider renting one from a reputable installer.

    Hire a cleaner

    Whilst getting some at-home care might not be what they’d consider as remaining independent, it can help to give them the independence to do the things they enjoy instead.  If they don’t have to worry about cleaning, for example, then they can focus on more enjoyable hobbies.  Plus as mobility becomes an issue it will be difficult to clean the house properly as it requires lots of climbing, stretching and bending.

    Use mobility aids

    If walking is painful or becoming stiffened, then a mobility aid could give an elderly relative the freedom to walk in less pain and without fear of falling.  Walking frames, walking sticks, scooters and wheelchairs might be something they are adamant they don’t need, but with a bit of convincing it could make all the difference to their mobility levels.

    Install handlebars

    Stepping in and out of the bathtub can be difficult as mobility is reduced.  Even getting out of bed or standing up from the toilet can be tricky.  Handlebars and rails can take away this stress and make the movements less dangerous.

    Make it a smart home

    Smart devices are making lives easier than ever and they are genius for making older generations lives much easier.  Teach them how to control things from their phone and they’ll be able to turn the heating up and down without moving, send automatic meter readings, dim the lights, put up the blinds and so much more.  Homes are becoming smarter than ever and this is one bit of technology that can really help the elderly.

    Use online deliveries and subscriptions

    If getting to and from a shop is difficult then take advantage of online deliveries and even subscriptions so all the essentials can be delivered to their doorstep.  You can find subscriptions for almost anything nowadays.  How about an organic fruit and veg delivery alongside a weekly essentials supermarket shop?  If they’re a total technophobe then set up the deliveries for them and manage their subscriptions.  I’m sure once they realise how easy it is to have everything delivered to them when they need it they’ll be thanking you in no time.

    With modern technology we are lucky to have so many inventions that can make life so much easier for us when we age.  It’s the difference between being able to remain in our own homes and not need to move to a nursing home.  With a few adaptions and smart installations we can help those we love to remain independent for as long as possible.

     

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  5. 3 Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained on a Family Road Trip

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    Family vacations are often fun and exciting during the summertime. The kids are off from school and the adults are practically begging for a break from their day-to-day lives. This time of year is always special for parents and children alike.

    There’s only one problem. You have to get everyone to your destination in one piece. And if you’re going on a road trip with your family, you need to keep your children entertained. Otherwise they’ll end up driving you and your significant other nuts the entire time.

    3 Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained on a Family Road Trip

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    This could lead to headaches, stress, and possibly even a car accident. If that happens, you’ll need to hire a Car Accident Lawyer - Auto Accident Attorney San Diego | Batta Fulkerson to help get you out of trouble.

    With that said, let’s look at some effective ways to keep your kids entertained while driving the highways and byways of America on a family road trip.

    1. TV Shows and Movies Are Always a Big Hit with the Kids

    At this point in time, the world is practically cluttered with screens of all types. Our smart phones make it possible to watch videos on the go. Tablets are easy to transport and perfect for kids to use to watch Netflix and other streaming services.

    However you choose to go about it, make sure your kids have the opportunity to watch TV shows and movies while travelling the roads. This will obviously help occupy their time, keep them entertained, and if you have a playlist of their favourites, they’ll definitely be happy as well.

    If your vehicle has a TV screen already in it, make sure to bring their favourite DVDs along for the ride. Otherwise make sure your tablets and other devices have the ability to stream their favourite content while on this trip. If you prepare, your kids will be completely entertained and you’ll never have to hear them ask the dreaded question every parent fears, “Are we there yet?"

    2. Electronic Games Always Seem to Keep Kids Happy

    You know it. We know it. The whole world seems to know it. Kids can’t seem to get enough of their favourite smartphone and tablet games. They can sit down in their own private space and play these games for hours on end.

    Some of your kids may love to download their favourite games on their phones and tablets. Others may prefer pocket video game systems like the PSP Vita or the Nintendo 3DS.

    Whatever your child’s favourite device happens to be, make sure you bring it along for this family road trip. And even more important, make sure your kids have a place to charge their devices in the car because if it runs out of battery power within the first hour of your trip, your child is going to be bored out of their mind and they’ll drive you crazy letting you know it.

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    3. Fun Filled Family Car Games Are Always a Hoot

    Let’s face it. After a while your kids are going to get bored. They’ll be sick and tired of watching TV and their devices are eventually going to run out of juice and need to be recharged anyway.

    In these situations, it’s time to get creative and start playing car games as a family. You may not realise this, but there are plenty of games for everyone to enjoy on your family road trip.

    Some fun games to consider include License Plate Lingo, The Slug Bug Game, The Celebrity Game, The Quiet Game, Animal Spotting, Eye-Spy and many other options. Spend a few hours combing the internet to learn the rules of the games mentioned above. While you’re at it, look for other ideas as well. The options seem endless if you’re willing to put in the time and research to keep your kids happy and entertained on the road.

    Final Thoughts

    Families love taking vacations together during the warm summer months. Getting to your destination in peace is obviously the goal. Use the strategies shared today and you should have no trouble getting from your home to your destination and back again without experiencing too much bickering, arguing, and complaining along the way.

     

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