HOW TO GET THROUGH YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAYS WITHOUT A DIVORCE
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.