So we have recently returned from a 10 day family holiday down at the seaside. This explains my recent absence. Holidaying with the kids can be pretty full on but refreshingly busy. I got back home feeling not quite so well-rested but definitely refreshed and feeling great about myself as a parent. I had spent 10 whole days drinking my childrens’ company, walking, swimming, building sand castles, finding and investigating creatures, birdwatching, baking, reading stories, telling stories, eating, running around naked, tickling, squealing and all the other delightfully exhausting things you get up to when holidaying with your children. But every time I go on holiday with my children the same question pops into my head. I, and I’m sure other parents will agree, see so much development and growth in my kids during these times and I can’t help but wonder, is it because they are spending time, quality time, with their parents that they have this sudden growth spurt in mental and emotional development or is stuff that has already happened to them that we have missed because we have been too busy to notice. This is not a guilt-ridden question but a genuine argument. I would love to know what you, the reader, believes because I am really not sure. Perhaps it’s a combination of both but in finishing off this very short post, I can say this. Time out with your kids is a magical thing and every family, young, old, rich or poor needs to have it. It’s never to late or never too soon.