Wow, a year has passed since Jo and I took over Country Child and what a year it has been! We have launched a new edition in Hampshire and Wiltshire, welcomed a host of new contributors and advertisers, moved offices and increased our distribution. It has been a challenging but fun and rewarding twelve months for us and we are hugely grateful for all the support and feedback you have given us both face to face and via social media.
We love working on the magazine and are thrilled that you all love it too! Compiling this issue has been, as ever, a joy to do. We’ve loved finding out about all the great festivals and family events happening in the area over the summer and attending all these things with the children ought to tire them out, but if regular sleep still eludes your little ones head to our Family Matters column on page 7 for some insight into bedtime routines.
If waking up in the night is more of a problem then you might like to read a child pyschologist’s view on night terrors. School can be a factor in disturbed sleep, one local mother has opened up to us on her decision to home school her son and the journey that brought her to that point. It’s an interesting and inspirational piece. Of course you can teach your children at home in conjunction with formal schooling by encouraging them to read more as well as making things fun and getting out and about, which enables them to embrace new experiences.
BBC’s Martin Hughes-Games is back once again with his guide on what to look for in nature this time of year, Miranda also has some top tips on rockpooling with the family on page 33. Learning outdoors can be fun and this is certainly the time of year to give it a go with the long summer holiday just around the corner. We have found some great summer ideas for you on page 13, lets just hope we get the weather to make the most of them!
As ever, we really hope you enjoy this issue of Country Child and wish you a lovely and relaxing summer spent enjoying balmy days with the family!