How to take a child’s friend on holiday

Your rules might be too lax or too strict for someone else, so talk to the parents before travel

If your family are foodies but it’s nuggets or nothing for another kid, know before you go. Choose a companion who has spent time in your home and knows the drill

If your family are foodies but it’s nuggets or nothing for another kid, know before you go. Choose a companion who has spent time in your home and knows the drill

Nearly time to book next year’s holiday before the rush. Better get a wiggle on if we want Courchevel ski resort for mid-term, Covid-permitting of course. Fiachra was a nightmare last time, sulked in the chalet for the whole 10 days. Maybe he should ask Max to join?

Cher Max If you’re browned off with your moody tween or bored teen on holiday, a companion can seem a neat solution. You can hit the slopes guilt-free knowing your child has company, right? “If you’re inviting another child just so you can have a more adult-type holiday that’s probably not the best reason,” says Jenny Carty, clinical manager at the Clanwilliam Institute. “If it’s for your child to have a better time and as a result you are happy, that’s probably better.” But before announcing the plan, think carefully.

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