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To go on holiday without DS?

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BasinHaircut Fri 03-Nov-17 14:57:05

Me and DH have booked a week away but are leavening DS(4) at home with his grandparents.

We took him away earlier in the year on a ‘family’ holiday that was very child orientated, but now want a more grown up break.

He is at school and we are going in term time. I’ve told him that we are going away for a week and he is having his grandparents come to take care of him and he doesn’t seem bothered.

I’ve had some weird looks and comments about our decision to go away without him but and I realise he will probably miss us (and I’ll miss him) but TBH he is hard work and I could do with a break.


Inkandbone Fri 03-Nov-17 14:58:22

Honestly? I find it odd when parents do this. I know lots of people will reply saying otherwise, but I think it's too long and I think it's a shame for the kids.

But I am most probably the unreasonable one!

Sirzy Fri 03-Nov-17 14:58:25


He is happy and being left with people he knows. He has had a holiday so your not letting him go without so you can have

Enjoy and relax!

SilverSpot Fri 03-Nov-17 14:59:23

Totally fine.

He get spoiled by GPs. You and DH get time to be adults and a couple.

user1471459936 Fri 03-Nov-17 14:59:37

I first read that as a weekend and thought - fair enough. But a week? Nope.

Pansiesandredrosesandmarigolds Fri 03-Nov-17 14:59:44


PinkHeart5914 Fri 03-Nov-17 14:59:55

I don’t see a problem with it. Your child will be loved and cared for by his grandparents, he will be at school so the week will come and go in no time for him anyway.

My dc are younger than yours and me and dh have been away without them a couple of times, mil cared for them.

Sirzy Fri 03-Nov-17 15:00:55

I think what people need to remember with things like this is that just because you wouldn’t do something yourself doesn’t make it wrong.

IncyWincyGrownUp Fri 03-Nov-17 15:02:39

Fill your boots!

I wouldn’t because I can’t, but that’s just how it is.

Enjoy your holiday.

Inkandbone Fri 03-Nov-17 15:03:25

True, and it's not "wrong", but then the point of this forum is to get opinions.

I remember being left with my aunt once and I was really upset by it, I was fine until bedtime but cried what felt like half the night.

I'm sure everyone thought I was fine.

Lethaldrizzle Fri 03-Nov-17 15:03:27

Long weekend maybe

readyforno2 Fri 03-Nov-17 15:04:36

I've done it and would do it again.

My dc were left with grandparents one time and the most recent time were on holiday with grandparents.
Your ds will be cared for by people who know and love him.

Enjoy yourself and don't feel guilty!

Fruitcorner123 Fri 03-Nov-17 15:07:07

Every child is different and if you feel yours will be fine with this then whats the problem? Enjoy x

Fruitcorner123 Fri 03-Nov-17 15:07:33

Sorry its just habit to put a kiss at the end of my messages grin

Bumbumtaloo Fri 03-Nov-17 15:08:27

I would if I could. My dd’s love going to stay with their grandparents and would have a whale of a time.

DunkMeInTomatoSoup Fri 03-Nov-17 15:08:49

I can't see that it's an issue, provided you will actually enjoy the holiday and not be pining for him.

BoredOnMatLeave Fri 03-Nov-17 15:11:18

I think it's odd but as others have said it doesn't make it wrong.

I did used to annoy me as a child though as my mum would take me to Cornwall then go to the Bahamas without me. I liked stayed with my nan it was more jealously that she went to all these far away places without me.

Notreallyarsed Fri 03-Nov-17 15:12:14

My parents did this, we had a ball with Grannie and they had a ball as a couple without me and my brother under their feet. Nothing wrong with it at all!
DP and I managed 3 nights away recently, first time in 6 years we’d been child free and it was bloody lovely. We also took the kids for a long weekend too, so like your DS it’s not like they’re missing out.

Oblomov17 Fri 03-Nov-17 15:12:21

Ha ha. MN at it’s best.
Some will think this is some sort of crime!!


Plenty of children go and stay with their grandparents for a week, during the summer holidays. How else do you cover the 13 weeks of holidays?

But no. OP going on holiday. Because it’s so ‘selfish’ and self-centred’,probably isn’t ok? hmm

Inkandbone Fri 03-Nov-17 15:13:34

I'm flattered you think I am the whole of MN ob

I'm the only one I think expressing a dissenting view.

PandorasXbox Fri 03-Nov-17 15:17:09

It’s fine. Enjoy yourselves. I’ve just booked a week with DH next year when DS is away on a school trip. Can’t wait.

Loctite Fri 03-Nov-17 15:21:21

I would do (and have done) weekends without dd but mostly she comes with us and she has been very fortunate to travel a lot over the years.

I love spending time with her and dh in new places and she is almost a teen now so our years are numbered and then it is back to just dh and me..

I would not do a week away

afrikat Fri 03-Nov-17 15:21:30

We will definitely be doing this when the kids are a bit older. We have a long weekend planned in Edinburgh in December and can't wait!

Sarahh2014 Fri 03-Nov-17 15:22:55

We used to go to our grandparents for few days when we're kids didn't do us any harm..enjoy your couple time

lorelairoryemily Fri 03-Nov-17 15:27:40

A weekend, absolutely. A week, no way I could do it

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