Take a break with Families Magazine

Give anything for five minutes to yourself? Take a break with Families Magazine

Small boy looks out of a front door


Life has moved on a little since the team here at Families Magazine published its first “surviving lockdown” digital issue in April – but things are still a long way for normal. Many parents all over the country are still trying to work from home, home school and keep the family entertained. With limited options – and a
growing sense of weariness. Most of us would do anything for a five minute break!

That’s where our second “surviving lockdown” magazine comes in. It is packed full of free and low cost ideas and activities to keep your children occupied and engaged.

At the time of publication, some children are heading back to school with all the anxieties that this brings for both them and their parents; others are still home learning. So we’ve tried to offer tips and advice for both groups.

We’re aware from our own family life that it is getting more and more difficult to elicit anything close to compliance from our children when it comes to home learning. Many are bored and missing the school environment and just don’t want to engage.

So we’ve focused on options for “secret” learning! What online games can your child play that are educational? What activities can they do that are engaging, purposeful and constructive? We’ve offered plenty of suggestions for children with all types of tastes.

This time, we’ve also provided lots of help for parents keen to make the most of the outdoors in socially distanced ways, in particular on family walks, bike rides and picnics. We’ve even provided downloadable, printable themed activity kits for the frequent moments when we are expected to come up with something new and interesting for our children to do!

And there’s a lot of practical advice too, including tips on managing fighting siblings and a great guide to home haircuts for children of all ages.

If cash is tight, there’s also the opportunity to win a £250 Halfords Bike voucher as well as other goodies

We hope that the magazine helps you navigate safely through this current phase of lockdown and gives you five minutes every so often to switch off your creative brain, in the comfort that your children are doing something productive.

The magazine has had amazing feedback from parents, local councillors, schools, nurseries and many, many businesses looking to support their workers through this period. Our goal now is to make sure that as many parents as possible are able to read it. So please share with your network and sign up to receive the next digital issue direct to your inbox!

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