Pack your bags to give children ‘happiness anchors’

Whether you travel near or far, family holidays are about nurturing relationships

Happy days: children enjoy the adventure of going away and having their parents to themselves for seven days

Happy days: children enjoy the adventure of going away and having their parents to themselves for seven days

When one of my teenage sons started rhapsodising at the dinner table one dark winter’s evening about how that summer’s holiday had been “one of the best ever”, my husband and I exchanged glances with exactly the same thought: “You could have fooled us!”

 Our abiding memory was of teenagers who showed no enthusiasm for getting up before the midday heat was going to drive you indoors anyway. They showed little interest in exploring the locality of the Spanish villa on foot and were, of course, in constant contact with friends at home via wifi.

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