A regular health and lifestyle column from Corinne Yeadon, of the Being Better private therapy practice based in Newmarket Street, Skipton

MY eldest granddaughter recently told me the best thing about Granny’s, other than the food, is hearing stories about what life was like for me growing up.

This prompted consideration of the current impact on families, keeping young children occupied and how that might have looked in the 1970s when I was growing up. Putting technological wizardry to one side, maybe it’s time to go 'Old School'.

I will confess to being completely feral as a young person, roaming the moors, seeking adventures, bike riding and tree climbing.

When confined to barracks I was renowned for performing and “entertaining” family and friends with, ventriloquism, impressions of Frank Spencer, David Bellamy and the like. I would have sung but the local vicar even remarked how my singing voice was less than angelic! Don’t get me started on dancing, definitely not my forte.

A den was a den, regardless of being outside or inside. A kid only sanctuary, veiled in secrecy, that required passwords and permission to enter. There was also the creation of products; I cannot for the life of me fathom why the perfume houses of Paris did not come knocking for the aromatic fragrances generated from my garden.

Some suggestions to keep the bear cubs from feeling caged:

• In house treasure or egg hunts, indoor carpet picnics.

• Nurture life skills - cooking, baking, gardening, household tasks.

• Musical statues/chairs, pass the parcel, charades, any party game or competition.

• Board games, cards, dominoes, quizzes.

• Arts, crafts, music, reading, writing stories or poems, daily journaling.

• Share stories of your childhood.

These are challenging times but present an opportunity to make memories, in the hope that as adults, our young people will reflect on this crisis as a time spent with loved ones and remember togetherness and laughter.