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1) Dis­con­nect to re­con­nect

When even the most re­mote idylls come with Wi-fi, hol­i­days can eas­ily be­come a case of dif­fer­ent scenes, same old screens. Com­pul­sively check­ing work email will wind you up, as well as your part­ner; In­sta­gram and Face­book up­dates can wait un­til you get home.

2) Plan proper time with the chil­dren

Qual­ity fam­ily time will only be qual­ity if you put some thought into it. Find some­thing that all your tribe will en­joy, or take turns to choose ac­tiv­i­ties, rather than sim­ply kow­tow­ing to who­ever whinges loud­est and long­est.

3) ...and with­out them

Make sure you spend some time, be it an after­noon, evening or week, kid-free. That re­minder of why you fell in love with your spouse – be it via wake­board­ing or Wag­ner – can do won­ders.

4) In­dulge your­self

Fam­ily hol­i­days can of­ten feel like a work­ing hol­i­day, not least on a villa break, when you bring ar­gu­ments over cook­ing/clean­ing/ wash­ing up with you from home. Plot­ting in some manda­tory beach/read­ing/ re­lax­ing time will en­sure you still leave recharged.

5) ...but don’t over in­dulge

Noth­ing sours a fam­ily hol­i­day like one mem­ber reg­u­larly get­ting well and truly sloshed. The worst re­la­tion­ship bust-ups al­ways in­volve alcohol, so think twice be­fore ac­cept­ing the waiter’s offer of an­other bot­tle.

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