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Away for a week

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mendocino Mon 29-Jul-13 22:20:40

My sister in law who is lovely has asked if my sons can stay for a week in the holidays. She is in London, we live in the North West. Their cousin who is 22 would take them down by train. They are 4 and 8 and I really don't want them to go. I work full time as a teacher and really look forward to my holidays with them. I also fell uncomfortable with my younger son making the journey with his cousin and being so far away. My husband thinks IABU and has walked out of the room ( I told him yesterday how I felt but he has gone ahead and made the arrangements).

AaDB Tue 30-Jul-13 10:16:54

Just had a similar dilemma. My ds 6 went for two nights and had an absolute ball. I looked on it less about me and him and more about ds building a great foundation with his wider family. We don't usually have family support.

It sounds like a lovely offer. Is let them both go. Arrange to collect your younger child if needed. Your DC will have a great time.

IsThatTrue Tue 30-Jul-13 10:27:34

As a mum a week is hard personally. I've had to do it since DS was 3 and dd was 5 with XH and I get no contact at all in that time but that's another thread it's awful. Now they're 6+8 it's easier, but I still miss them a lot.

YANBU even if it is just that you'll miss them. If you're happier with a few days suggest that.

UC Tue 30-Jul-13 10:35:26

I think you need to ask the children whether they want to go or not.

I'd let them go, but you could suggest Mon - Fri or a shorter time than a week for their first time. Or make the journey down there with them, stay for a couple of days then come home for a few days before they do.

I do think you're being a bit precious.... Sorry! But maybe that's because my DCs are on holiday with their dad atm. They've been away nearly 2 weeks. Maybe I'm just hardened because I'm used to them coming and going for 5 days or more at a time, and they've been doing this since they were both under 4.

TheFuzz Tue 30-Jul-13 10:41:50

4 is a bit young. Go with them and enjoy a week doing things with your SIL.

Apileofballyhoo Tue 30-Jul-13 10:47:15

Can you go with them? I wouldn't like to be away from DS (5) for a week and the only people I would leave him with is DH or my mother. Maybe my sister for just 1 or 2 nights, depending on how he was (he really loves her children).

WilsonFrickett Tue 30-Jul-13 10:57:20

I think if you feel it's too long, then focus on that, rather than making up excuses about the no-doubt perfectly capable 22 yo being able to cope with 2 children on a train journey. If that was your tack, I don't wonder your DH got a bit exasperated.

But if you think it's too long for the 4 yo, then that's fine. Either send them for just a few days, or just a few days on their own and you go down for a few days then bring them back. Or would your eldest fancy it on his own?

Generally this sort of thing is good for kids.

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