Advice offered to parents on reducing family tension for summer holidays

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ADVICE is being offered to parents on how to reduce family tension ahead of the summer holidays.

The Relate service in Portsmouth said it sees an increase in the number of calls made to the service during summer.

Centre manager Rachel Aslet-Clark said: ‘Most of us look forward to the summer holidays.

‘But sometimes, it can end up feeling like a very long time to keep the kids entertained. Tempers can get frayed and families can end up counting down the days until September begins.

‘But summer is actually a good time to reconnect with all the important relationships in your life – from your kids and your partner to your friends and wider family.’

The following four tips have been provided:

n Planning together and make everyone feel involved;

n Look for cheap outdoor events or go out on long walks;

n If arguments happen, separate the two parties and ask them to take five minutes;

n Switch off from work totally if you are on holiday.