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Angryb1rd Tue 02-Sep-14 09:47:07

PIL have said they want to take my boys who will be 5 & 6 to Florida. Other family members (childless) will also be going.
I don't want them to go!
It is too far away from me, I wouldn't be happy, and I personally think these kinds of memories should be made with parents not grandparents/aunties/uncles/cousins

PiperIsOrange Fri 05-Sep-14 23:41:37

my Parents in their wildest of dreams could not afford to take My siblings and me to Disney land. If they wanted to take my 2 they could.

I have just had to cash in every favour possible after major surgery to ensure my 2 DC have had a fantastic summer holiday.

I could never afford to go and i would think it would be very selfish of me to say no.

No child needs a once in a life trip to Disney, but a child needs to see that there is a big world out there just waiting to be explored

thicketofstars Fri 05-Sep-14 13:40:34

ADishBestEatenCold No worries smile

ADishBestEatenCold Wed 03-Sep-14 21:50:24

"I didn't say I would be insulted if they didn't offer to pay for me as their guests"

That's true, you didn't, thicketofstars. I apologise for my assumption, which was that I though (clearly incorrectly), because earlier posts by OP seemed to say that she & her DH could not afford to pay to go and that her PILs knew that she and her DH couldn't afford to pay to go, that you meant that you would be insulted that the PILS hadn't invited you and DP along too (thus paying for you), in that situation.

Sorry for taking that wrongly.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Wed 03-Sep-14 01:20:05

Disneyland Paris is fab. Go for a long weekend and spend 3 days in the parks and you'll have a great time. You could all go then smile

thicketofstars Wed 03-Sep-14 01:03:58

I didn't say I would be insulted if they didn't offer to pay for me as their guests. I said I'd be insulted at absence of an invitation to go too. I wouldn't feel this way about older children perhaps doing a hobby they really enjoy with a grandparent - but at this age when it's so far and other members of the family are also coming - yes, I'd feel insulted and I don't think it's ridiculous.

And my DD is only 3 so this is all a long way off, but if she ever gives me a grandchild, I would never dream of suggesting any activity that involved taking her child and leaving her behind - unless she was delighted for the break, of course - but even then I'd let it be known that I was sorry she wasn't coming.

onedev Tue 02-Sep-14 18:48:04

For me it wouldn't be about the memories but simply that they're too young & it's too far away.

I'd let them do it when the kids were older (teenagers) but not before.

How about suggesting that they take them somewhere for a weekend to allow you & your DH to have a short break away? That would be the most I'd allow (or even want) at that age.

ADishBestEatenCold Tue 02-Sep-14 18:39:28

"I would be insulted that the PILS hadn't invited me and DP along too."

Really, thicketofstars?

Maybe that would be a nice thing for the PILs to do if they happen to have (say) an extra £2000 available in order to treat their DS and DDIL as well as treating their DGCs, but I haven't seen OP suggest that her PILs can afford to pay for them, too. Or did I miss that bit?

Ridiculous to be "insulted" if someone cannot afford to pay for you too. (Actually, I also think it's ridiculous to be insulted if someone chooses not to pay for you too).

atticusclaw Tue 02-Sep-14 18:36:35

Age wise my concern would be that they're too young to be away from you for that length of time. In terms of the right age for disney its a perfect age.

We've been to disneyworld a number of times. The first time with the DCs to Florida they were 3 and 5, the next time they were 5 and 7 this time they will be 9 and 7. Each age is slightly different but that first trip was so magical because they believe still. Its a perfect age for Disney, as they get older Universal is more exciting for them.

In your position I would explain to your PILs that no you can't afford it as a family but since they've kindly offered to pay for your DCs then you will be able to afford to come along (since you'll only be paying for the two of you) and its fantastically kind of them to pay for the DCs so that you can all go together as one big family.

ADishBestEatenCold Tue 02-Sep-14 18:26:53

How regularly do your PIL see your children and how much time do they spend with them?

There is a very big difference between taking (on a two week holiday) a 5 and 6 year old that you only see for an odd afternoon three or four times a year, and taking a 5 and 6 year old who you see every week or so, spending lots of hands on time with them.

Have your PIL taken them away without you before? The most important issue is whether you think they are capable of giving your DCs sufficient and familiar care for a fortnight. Do you have reason to believe they couldn't?

Would you feel differently if it were your own parents, Angryb1rd?

furcoatbigknickers Tue 02-Sep-14 17:47:45

Why can't you go? I would let them go if you can go to if it will be their only opportunity before becoming adults. They are too young to be this far from you. It would be far kinder for pil to offer to pay for you, dh and dcs to go but obviously its me me mehmm

thicketofstars Tue 02-Sep-14 17:41:59

I would be insulted that the PILS hadn't invited me and DP along too. I have no time for precious 'my time not your time' games.

No, I wouldn't let my children go to the states without me. What a huge responsibility for anyone.

You shouldn't be made to feel unreasonable for not letting them go. But I do think you're quite unreasonable for asking a question like this - I'm sure you know deep down it's your choice and nobody should be telling you that you're obliged to let them go.

Why not invite your PILS to take them to LEGOLAND or Peppa Pig land if they wish to have a special outing? Your children will be able to enjoy their company just as well.

notagainffffffffs Tue 02-Sep-14 17:40:23

Could you all just go for a week? Would that be affordable?

NickiFury Tue 02-Sep-14 17:28:01

Your post made me laugh stinkle my children were entirely underwhelmed on arrival at disney. Mostly complaining that it was too hot.

drudgetrudy Tue 02-Sep-14 17:24:17

Whay RiverTam said. Yes they are very young to go abroad without you and YANBU to not let them go on the basis of being worried that they would be upset or something may go wrong.
But how strange and selfish to not want them to have good memories of enjoying themselves with other relatives-only with you.

KnackeredMuchly Tue 02-Sep-14 16:57:37

YABU - if my parents had the opportunity to let me go to Disneyland without them and said no I would never forgive them blush

lessthanBeau Tue 02-Sep-14 16:53:46

if your dh says you can book a holiday abroad while they are away , why cant you afford to go to florida? if the gps are paying for the kids its fairly cheap for 2 adults, so you could all go together or do the PILs not want you there at all?
Theres no way I would be lettting my DC go abroad with anyone else, even france! and I am still edgy when bil and sil take her for a week in the uk.

thegreylady Tue 02-Sep-14 16:38:02

My dc wouldn't go to Disneyland anywhere if you paid them. They would be thrilled if we took dgc which we wont as we would hate it toosmile I bet the children would like some of it though.
As a family we hate queues, crowds, fast food, commercialised themed stuff aimed at extracting money and long flights. Even the children hate all the above except for the 'stuff' a trip to thelocal Disney store will sort that!
Honestly op let the dgp take them and you and dh have a lovely holiday together.

Greyhound Tue 02-Sep-14 15:21:21

OP I think they are too young and it's too far.

rumbleinthrjungle Tue 02-Sep-14 15:21:07

I really struggle to get the 'it's selfish to want to do this with your children yourself' - of course you do! If this is something you're waiting to save up and do with them, then that's a reason in itself, you don't have to accept this offer just because it's been made. And I wouldn't feel safe with children that young on another continent without me. Some parents would and that's fine, but I'm one of the ones who wouldn't. There isn't a right or wrong to this, it's down to how you feel and that's ok.

RiverTam Tue 02-Sep-14 15:11:40

not wanting them to go on the grounds of too young, too far away, too long a period of time, PILS not physically up to it - YANBU.

Not wanting them to go because you don't want any 'big' memories to be made apart from with you - YABVVVU.

Your reasons seem to be all about you, not about your DC and whether or not they would enjoy it, and if your ILs are up to it.

EmeraldLion Tue 02-Sep-14 15:00:54

But with all due respect Emerald, whether you would enjoy the experience or not isn't really the issue tbh. It's whether the child would have a good time

But the reason I would be on pins is because of the thought of things going wrong - unlikely but possible.

Eg...wandering off unnoticed in somewhere as busy as Disney. Falling ill when thousands of miles away.

If I was talking age 10 and 12, where they were old enough to understand just how long two weeks is, were more self sufficient etc then that's different. But mine are 4 and 6. Ds2 would have no concept of the reality of how long a fortnight is without us.

And as fab as my parents are, they've never taken them away. A night or weekend sleep over at nanna's, in familiar surroundings, is completely different from taking them out and about in Florida, regardless of for how long. For dc and my parents.

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Tue 02-Sep-14 14:48:08

I put magical memories in the same bucket as precious moments, tbh.

There is no real need for young children to go to Disney to make memories. If you feel they are too young and it's too far (which I agree with) then I'd say no.

pudding25 Tue 02-Sep-14 14:44:28

Far too young to go away for such a long time without at least one parent.

pissedglitter Tue 02-Sep-14 14:38:33

My boys went with their grandparents at that age
They loved it

They would never have gone if it wasn't for ex's parents
It's not something I could ever afford to do so I am grateful they got to go with or without me

wobblyweebles Tue 02-Sep-14 14:30:13

I think they're a bit young to go such a long way with their grandparents. They will probably miss you a lot, and it is a tiring holiday.

I'd wait a few years then let them go.

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