“It did become very important to me that my kids would learn my mother tongue and that they would spend part of their holidays back where I was raised so they can learn about the German culture and see where I grew up. Last summer we decided to take a trip with the kids to the Baltic Sea.” Ilonka Schäfer, Founder, The Little Voyager
“We have had a really encouraging response. People welcome the fact that the site is offering an alternative to face to face classes – not everyone is comfortable in a class environment.” Louise Morrison
Formerly, part of the German democratic republic, today a fantastic area for summer holidays – the coast of the Baltic Sea has a lot to offer – long sandy beaches, coastal paths for cycling trips and walking tours, plus cities with cultural highlights.
“Christmas markets with activities for children are particularly popular. Next to the nativity scene at the Christmas market in Augsburg there is the Himmlisches Postamt (heavenly post office).”
The second in a series of great family holiday destinations in Germany by Bavarian blogger Julia. Here she talks about The Rhineland.
Julia, founder of Travelingkinder, a family-friendly travel blog written in German and English explains why the Chiemsee area is a great all year round family holiday destination.
“We are all different and we have choices. What is important when feeling depressed, is to discuss the treatment options with your doctor and your loved ones and together make an informed decision on what is the best treatment for you and your baby.”
“At Pippagina I provide prenatal and postnatal classes for expectant parents and new mothers but what I also provide is a built in support group, making sure women are connected through Whatsapp groups and email, so they have support in these early days of motherhood.”
“Whatever the age of your child, there are things that you can do to alleviate the strain of moving on your children and replace it with enthusiasm.”
“Most of us don’t live close to friends and families as our grandparents and parents once did. You may be the first of your friends or acquaintances to experience parenthood. Let’s face it, the more supported we feel, the better we feel. So start by building your system of support.”
“When I first visited Vincerola I was especially intrigued by the fact that one of the classroom teachers, Achmed who comes from Egypt, is deaf and solely communicates with the children in sign language. When Ella joined the nursery interacting with Achmed was quite a challenge for her and it took her some time to understand that she needed to communicate with him in a completely different way.”
“Whether we’re learning about a famous local artist or an old monument, the kids see the look of curiosity and wonder in our eyes and they become instant students of whatever we’re learning. It’s honestly surprised me how much their love of learning has grown on this trip.”