Can a weekend trip with kids ever be relaxed? Tips for parents

The author’s daughter for her golf lesson. Collecting the balls was the most fun

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pI urgently need a vacation now, a colleague told me after his vacation. I knew exactly what she meant: she had spent the two weeks with her two young children, and as wonderful as that is, it is also exhausting. Because what you need so badly on holiday, you hardly get with little people: time for yourself. Fully aware of this, I booked a short trip to Scharmutzelsee for my daughter (5) and myself, two days at the Precise Resort Bad Saarow, which has just opened.

Are you really crazy, I asked myself the night before, it will be pure stress! You haven’t thought this through! All the effort with kids isn’t that important on longer trips, but are you seriously lugging a change of clothes, towels, sunscreen, watering can, shovel, five cartoons, kids’ headphones, what feels like a pallet of fruit bars and a swimming animal for a few hours at the lake by train (you can get to Bad Saarow from Berlin by regional train)?

Of course I pulled. Also the children’s backpack, which only had to come along because my daughter had promised to really carry it herself this time. I did this mainly because I wanted to find out if really short trips with small children can be relaxed if the basic conditions are right. Because that’s what I chose Precise Resort for: Maximum child-friendly, with many leisure activities for the little ones and an area where they can move freely. Among other things, the hotel has a private beach at Scharmutzelsee with very shallow water access. You can stay on the sun lounger while the child makes watery soup with sand in it. My daughter was so excited about it that I was able to read an incredible five pages of the book in one sitting – a real triumph for parents.

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Then we went golfing, next to the hotel there are four courses where you can play “millionaire golf”, as a hotel guest explained to me later at the dinner buffet: you almost always have the courses to yourself, a feeling that tends to be really priceless. The resort’s golf instructor, Marc Stumpe, also offers trial lessons for children (approx. 45 euros, free youth practice every Saturday during the summer season, with prior registration only).

Stumpe has a real knack for kids (and adults who have never picked up a racket). After making my daughter really happy with his suggestion to throw the balls instead of hitting them, he explained to me his philosophy: “Kids are not little adults, they need their own equipment, so little clubs. And man must manage to maintain their natural curiosity, they want to play, and therefore the training must be as varied as possible.” According to Stumpe, fun and child-friendly learning is what matters.

We didn’t need the “Kids Club”, crazy!

And for parents longing for a little relief during the holidays, it depends on people like Marc Stumpe. Who not only dutifully deals with children and then just stands by while you yourself make fun of the little ones, but actually manages to build a connection. During the golf lesson, I could therefore practice a few tees myself without thinking “Now my daughter might be bored”.

Of course, you don’t have to book a golf instructor, you can, for example, simply travel with good friends who have children themselves – or get to know other families on holiday. So while my daughter formed tender friendships with another little girl in the paddling pool, I managed to finish another four page novel. The downtime ended with a fight over a pool noodle, but hey, it was worth it to come here in the middle of the holiday season. It is then more expensive, but you also have the best chance that many other children will stay at the hotel. And yes, you want that as a parent!

In the end, my daughter didn’t even try the things that made me choose Precise Resort in the first place. There is also a “Kids Club”, where children from the age of three can play under supervision. It sounded like paradise to me. Surprisingly, I didn’t need it because I was able to fuel up so well at the beach and golf course. But seriously, my colleague with the two kids asked me in annoyance if it was really worth packing half the household essentials just to get out for two days? I just laughed and thought the rest of it: I don’t need vacation after vacation at the moment.

In the “Kindskopf” column, two mothers (the children are five and 14 years old) write every other week about everything that worries them. From the best midwife advice to nasty mum comments. All sections can be found here.

The trip was supported by Precise Resort Bad Saarow. Our standards for transparency and journalistic independence can be found here.

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