Having a mixed age family can always present a challenge for any parent, I’ve seen for myself having a teenager and a much younger child the varying factors you need to think about as lets face it teens don’t want to ‘hang around’ with their younger siblings especially if there is a bigger age gap.
For a summer holiday it is usually a case of finding somewhere with a good beach, child friendly pools, lots of ice-cream and perhaps kids clubs suited to all age groups, generally you can’t go wrong with sun, sand, swimming, sunbathing and good food and the main worries are have you enough sun cream for all and enough shade for the little ones, of course with a baby now I will be extra careful about keeping him in the shade.
There was a fantastic parenting hack on Facebook recently, I don’t know if you saw it or not but I’ll be trying it out on the beach next time I go with the boys; take a single fitted bed sheet with you and use on the beach, add your picnic box, changing bag etc to the corners with the fitted sides upwards around them they will help to keep it in place and the sides act as a barrier for babies. Why did I never think of this before?
With many of my online friends being Bloggers recently my social media channels have been filled with their winter holiday adventures and I have to say hats off to them, it looks amazing and I am a tad jealous as who doesn’t love playing around in the snow?
That said we aren’t really a family geared to this type of adventure holiday especially with back issues it probably wouldn’t be advisable, but we do love getting out and making snowmen whenever we finally get a slight dusting of snow.
The issues I have noticed amongst my friends who have been hit with the skiing bug who’ve also children of similar ages to myself are the same ones you may have for any holiday – what to wear! For example: Where on earth can you find skiwear that a fashion-conscious teenager might actually be seen dead in and which won’t break the bank in the process – teens being teens don’t do sharing so hiring is an issue, of course the little ones know no different so it’s fine there!
While ski-wear may not be attractive there is always the issue of it being the wrong colour, not matching, not the correct brand and how well can they pull off a selfie in ski goggles? That may be tongue in cheek but if you’ve teenage girls you’ll know how much they love a good selfie!
A friend recently filled me in on her child’s school skiing holiday in Austria, there certainly weren’t trips like this when I was at school! The lucky boy had been to the Ski Amadé region, an area widely regarded by skiers and instructors as providing some of the best skiing in Europe. She was telling me how perfect it is for skiers of all ages and abilities and how it is perfectly geared to families it was, so much so that I think she is actually looking to book her family holiday there even though like myself she hasn’t skied before.
Her family are rather unlikely to be seen tearing down an advanced black run any time soon, but the region boasts 275km of “easy” slopes, accessible with a single ski pass. With a wide selection of ski schools too, she certainly does make it sound attractive.
Most of the resorts cater well for a mixed-age family with a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars, the amenities are excellent and there is a good selection of facilities and activities to appeal to all members of the family. I am almost tempted to change my thinking again about a winter holiday somewhere as I could shop and swim while the kids enjoyed snow games from snow ball fights and making a snowman to tubing – tearing down the nursery slopes on a large rubber ring, that certainly does sound like great fun.
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