[vc_row row_type=”2″ blox_image=”8238″ page_title=”page-title-x” blox_padding_top=”140″ blox_padding_bottom=”50″][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_empty_space height=”210px”][vc_custom_heading text=”about us” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left|color:%23ffffff” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We left the rat race in June 2014 to go travelling as a family.

After a few years of slowly sinking in London, one day we asked ourselves, “what are we actually doing this for?” to which we both answered “I don’t know” and at that point we decided to do something different with our lives.

Six months later we were in Mexico at the start of our Latin American adventures and we didn’t look back. We spent 6 months in Mexico, 3 in Guatemala, 1 in Costa Rica, 14 in Argentina and 1 month in Brasil. We have had some amazing experiences and lived in some incredible places along the way.

After 2 years of wandering, we decided to settle down (for a while at least) and we now live in Valencia, Spain.[/vc_column_text][vc_images_carousel images=”8238,8206,6117,8528,10471″ img_size=”750×500″ autoplay=”yes” wrap=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_custom_heading text=”previous lives” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Prior to travelling Dominic was a self-employed Financial Adviser in the City Of London for 16 years.

He managed a large team for 11 of those years and formed his own Financial Advice business in 2010.

Lindsay worked in strategy and planning, specialising in TV marketing and has done work for the BBC and Channel 4 amongst others.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_custom_heading text=”the kids” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Our twins are 9 years old now (6 when we left the UK) and they enjoyed our life on the road. We homeschooled them whilst travelling but they now go to a local school in Valencia.

One of the huge benefits to travelling was that we are a lot closer as a family, we know each other really well and are a lot more relaxed as people. It’s also been a pleasure and a privilege being able to spend so much time with the little buggers treasures as they grow and develop.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_custom_heading text=”lifehacksforkids…” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]… came about when we realised that what we were teaching the kids (we were following the UK curriculum) whilst being important, was not necessarily going to be the only skill set that they would need to have a successful and happy adulthood.

As we’d witnessed in our own careers, skills and attributes such as confidence, grit and determination, being a great communicator, a positive attitude and an entrepreneurial mindset, were much more important that academic qualifications, and yet our kids don’t actually get taught these skills as subjects. They learn them as a by-product almost, or by osmosis from their parents and peers.

Like all parents, we want to give our kids the best start in life we possibly can so we thought wouldn’t it be great if we could actually teach our kids these skills, attitudes and attributes as if we were experts.

From that idea was born Lifehacksforkids.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_custom_heading text=”our approach” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]We wouldn’t particularly call ourselves ‘experts’ in any life skills and like everyone else we both have our individual strengths and weaknesses.

Consequently, as kids pick up life skills from us parents (mostly), that means they will be receiving less than perfect instruction (in our case that’s putting it mildly!).

So, we decided to do things differently and instead of just relying on our talents we decided to use the best ideas we could find.

Take RESILIENCE as an example.

Angela Duckworth is perhaps the most important person writing about RESILIENCE today. So, we read her book, devoured as many articles on RESILIENCE as we could and then came up with ways that we could bring what we’d learned to life in the form of lessons for our kids.

We quickly learned to make them enjoyable and hands-on, so it feels like fun rather than learning.

Life skills are built over time, so we do something each week with our kids that helps them to continually develop their abilities.

By doing things each week, this helps you to look at life’s day to day incidents through a ‘life skill’ lens, which means that almost any situation is a ‘teachable moment’, an opportunity for your kids to learn.

This helps to create a home environment that is positive, pro-active and one where personal development is a focus.

It has also meant that Lindsay and I have improved as parents (and people) as we have also done the lessons alongside the kids.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”find out more about our approach to helping our kids to develop life skills” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#ce879f” outline_custom_hover_background=”#58646d” outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” size=”lg” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Flifehacksforkids.co.uk%2Four-approach%2F||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row]