How much independence does a tween need? Is it the same as how much they want? And how do you balance that with the needs of the whole family?

As my son gets older and pushes for more independence and time away from us, I've been pondering these questions.

His need for independence became apparent on our recent holiday to Padstow. Holidays are very important to us. I've said it before, my husband works incredibly hard. Add this to my job, the pressures of school and the quite ridiculous number of extra-curricular activities my kids do, we really need holidays. They are our only time to unwind and spend time together relaxing as a family.

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