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Need A Better Excuse? Half-Term Holidays Can Boost Your Parenting Skills

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Heading off on a half-term break with your baby may prove beneficial for your abilities as a parent

If you’re one of the lucky ones that’s escaped the wet weather this half-term week, are planning on taking your first holiday with your baby or are just taking a week off with your child, it can make you a better parent, according to a survey by travel sites Skyscanner and Family Traveller.

The survey of over 2000 parents discovered that 86% of parents believe their parenting skills are better when they’re on holiday. And of these parents, 56% say it’s because they’re spending quality time with their little one, while 44% say it’s because they feel more relaxed and less stressed, which in turn has a positive effect on their parenting skills.

Missed out on a half-term holiday? There’s still time to get away at Easter, and these tips from mum of two Tamara Herber-Percy, co-founder of travel publishers Mr & Mrs Smith and Smith & Family, can help keep you calm and get the most out of your holiday.

  • If you’re flying, make sure you build loads of time into your journey. Find out if there's a soft-play area at the airport (there often is) so she can burn off some steam before having to sit still for take off. 
  • If you’re worried about different time zones affecting your baby, adopt the time zone of your destination as soon as your flight begins – but go with the flow when you arrive. If you arrive during the day, get your baby out into the daylight/fresh air if you can – don't stay in your hotel – as this will reset her body clock much faster.
  • To keep your little one entertained while you relax, find him or her a friend. It's amazing how much they don't need you when there's another little person to knock around with. Hotels with a play area or crèche/kids clubs will give you some precious time off.

For more advice and tips on travelling with a little one, check out our new travel section.

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