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SUN SAVERS Keep your kids happy whatever the climate with these own family days out that won’t drain your price range

Even if the rain returns, those amazing indoor and outside activities will preserve the youngsters happy without draining your price range. HAVE A SUPER DAY: Sun Super days is lower back again, and you could get TWO FREE tickets to Warwick Castle — ideal for an own family day out at the cheap. The attraction, positioned in the West Midlands, has greater than 1,000 years of magical history. There are masses there to discover from the ancient grounds and suggest to restaurants and stores. Collect NINE Sun Savers codes from the 18 published in The Sun between Saturday, June 22, and Tuesday, July 9. Your first is in the state-of-the-art paper on web page 32. Readers who collect with Sun Savers get early access to booking, the best availability, and choose the date they go.

SAVING: More than £55

CHOC ON THE CHEAP: Chocolate fans can take advantage of Purple Thursdays this month at Cadbury World in Birmingham. To claim the popular -for-one offer, name 0121 393 6004 and quote “Purple Thursday” or e-book online using code PURPLETHURSDAY. Tickets need to be pre-booked and are valid for access after 1.30 pm on June 27. For more info, visit Cadbury world. Co.The United Kingdom.

SAVING: £17.50 on two-person tickets

TOP OF THE SHOPS: Many excessive road stores run unfastened activities for toddlers. Pets At Home gives free workshops on animal care, featuring an expansion of cuddly creatures. Go to community.Petsathome.Com/events/infant-workshop to locate your nearest. And Hobbycraft has workshops, along with slime-making classes. Find you’re local save at hobbycraft. Co.The United Kingdom.

MUD FOR IT: If you do fancy going out and getting protected in the dust, staying power occasions, employer Tough Mudder promotes discounted tickets through Groupon for £30 — down from £39. There are different Tough Mudder occasions around the United Kingdom so that you can choose a race period, date, and region to healthy. JUDE’S indulgent salted caramel ice cream has been reduced to £2.50 at Sainsbury’s, changed into £four. STOCK your fridge with Tesco’s bird breast portions. The grocery store is promoting 3 for £10; they’re usually £four every.


CHARGE all the way down to Warwick Castle together with your little princes and princesses with two FREE tickets well worth extra than a £55 way to Sun Super days. Step returned in time as you explore the picturesque castle and grounds and experience extraordinary daily shows and attractions that carry records vividly to lifestyles — along with the UK’s first Horrible Histories Maze attraction. Choose your side within the live-motion family show Wars Of The Roses Live, right, from Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, September 1.

It used to be that kids were treated as mini-adults, and now the pendulum has swung the other way, and young adults are being treated (and acting) as overgrown kids. You have probably heard about the damage of being a too intense parent–whether that means tiger mom or helicopter parent. Now you may be wondering what you should be expecting of your child? The early childhood markers of independence–sitting, walking, potty training, etc.–get talked about a lot, but what is reasonable to expect of our older children is not clear. Just what should our early adolescent/middle school kids be able to do on their own?

I started thinking about this from the kids’ point of view. That made me remember the children’s literature I grew up on. Many of my favorite books were about young people taking charge independently–often away from their parents. Let’s start with Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series. Five on a Treasure Island, five cousins, spend the summer having one adventure after the next.

There is a home base where meals are offered, and the children check-in, but the assumption of the adults seems to be that as long as they are out in the fresh air, together, that they are generally fine no matter what they are getting up to. In the Swallows and Amazon books by Arthur Ransome, six children are permitted to camp on an island in the middle of a lake. They cook over open fires and deal with the local “natives” (as the children refer to the adults) to procure supplies. Another popular example of kids on a mission is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs.

Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. It is about two children who run away from the suburbs to New York City and handle themselves very well. In all these books, the children are supported by friends, cousins, or siblings and range in age between 9 and 13. For me, the common themes are that a) children are generally seen as very capable and b) they relish in the opportunity to show how able they are to take care of themselves.

Deborah Williams
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