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51. Something for the weekend

Dreading another frantic forty-eight hours? Want a happy weekend? Parents who plan, can.

Create weekend traditions and rituals. It doesn’t matter what you do: attend a religious service, have a special dinner every Friday night, go to a museum on Saturday afternoons as long as there is some sense of routine and repetition connecting children to weekends past and future, creating a sense of belonging.

Children who learn to do things with family develop the art of negotiating and realise the importance of compromise.

We know it’s the last thing you feel like doing, but drawing up a quick itinerary on Friday evening makes weekends a huge success. Weekends go wrong when there are clashing commitments: Jonny has ...

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