I took the girls ‘Up North’ over Mother’s Day weekend for a little three day getaway. Yes, my gift for Mother’s Day was having to get in swimsuit grooming condition so we could swim AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. That’s what you wanted for Mother’s Day too, right?
Anyway, we had a blast actually but in case you were considering taking your kids on vacation by yourself – I’ve come up with some handy tips!
1. Hire/pay/beg a responsible looking teenager to swim with your kids. Seriously, it’s a known fact that moms don’t swim with their kids if they have an option out of it. There I was the lone mom in the pool for FIVE HOURS while the other moms sat there with their bloody mary’s and People magazines and they would occasionally wave to their husbands in the water with their wet offspring. I got a few ‘Oh I’m so sorry your husband couldn’t make the trip and you had to put on a suit. Thanks for taking one for the team!’
2. Vacation at a place with a buffet restaurant. Seriously, there are no fights when there’s a buffet and no empty stomachs. Also make sure some of your kid traveling companions are old enough to get their own food as I’ve been down that “balancing four plates at a buffet” road and it ain’t pretty.
3. When you travel with your spouse you usually put the kids to bed early and ask for a suite so you can have some alone time/down time/twitter time without kids at the end of the day..but when you travel single parent style you let your older kids stay up FOREVER just for the company and because you don’t have WiFi and aren’t sure what to do with yourself anyway.
4. Forget that talking/road game crap that everyone brags about on long road-trips – give 9 year old the MacBook, 7 year old the DVD player and 2 year old the iPad and no one makes a peep for the whole drive. (This also allows you to listen to any music you want)
5. To entice your children out of the pool(and you out of your swimsuit) buy them anything they want from the gift store – logo t-shirt –’It’s yours!’, tacky shot-glasses –”Yours!”, plastic Native American doll – - “You will treasure this forever!”
Have you solo-vacationed and did you have to swim? I’m so sorry.
Disclosure: Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge generously provided my family with a three day Mother’s Day weekend getaway in one of their lakeside cabins, but all words and opinions are mine. It was truly a magical weekend. I’ve never been there before and we will for sure go back and recommend it to everyone! We usually go to a cabin in Northern Minnesota – but that usually means it’s not really a vacation for me as I still have to cook, clean, grocery shop, etc…where Rutgers is a completely relaxing vacation for everyone because they provide all of your meals at the lodge and the restaurant was unbelievable. Eloise said she wants to eat every meal for the rest of her life there! It was just so nice not to have to think about doing anything but having fun! Their pools, beaches, marina, golf courses and organized activities are also amazing. Seriously, I cannot rave enough about Ruttger’s service, accommodations and the all around total vacation experience. It’s like an old-time experience with modern conveniences. It was exactly what we were looking for. They’ve earned a customer for life.