DD1 trip to London, AIBU?(47 Posts)
DD1 (15) has been invited to spend a week or two in London with a good friend and her family this summer. We live in Canada now after moving here from London a few years ago.
DH and I are not sure whether we should let her go - I think I am leaning towards yes and he is definitely leaning towards no. The flight will be expensive and we don’t really have the money (although we could scrape it together). But the bigger issue is DD1 - She is finally starting to settle in here and make some friends and we don’t want her constantly looking back to London and her life there and rushing back to old friends rather than concentrating on her new life & friends here. She did not have the easiest transition when we moved.
This friend has visited us for 10 days each of the previous 2 summers.
DD1 will be extremely disappointed not to go. I don’t know what to do. AIBU to keep her from seeing her best friend in the world? Or is it pragmatic to encourage her to be “more Canadian” and have her stay here for the summer?
Let her go. She might clear off back to the UK on her own in 3 years anyway.
I think 15 is over the age where you can stop her doing things that she reasonably wants to do. It's not like she wants to become a lapdancer or join UKIP. She just wants to go on holiday to see her mate.
Speaking as someone whose parents took her across the world because they preferred not to live in the UK ....
Let her go. Please let her go.
I returned to the UK after living in another country after my parents really required us to integrate totally. Best thing I ever did was to come back home. But I’m left with the sense that I spend my life saying goodbye to people who mean a lot to me.
She will have two countries - she’ll never stop being British but she’ll also have all that Canada can offer. Don’t force her to “become Canadian please. It’ll backfire on you.
If you can manage the money, you really should let her go. This isn't 'looking back to Britain' this is visiting someone who is obviously a really good friend who has already been to see you twice. Long-distance friendships are hard, but they have clearly managed to sustain this one, and I think it would be unkind of you to refuse the visit.
If you don't let her go then her previous life will always be tinged with fond memories,perhaps unrealistically. ADditionally It's also very possible she will find that areas of her new life actually compare very favourably to how her memories of her old life were.
She has several more years to think about university, her ideas will change many times between now and then.
Let her go. It will make her resent Canada more if you dont allow her to continue her old friendships, not help make her feel Canadian! You cannot force these things. I think it's a good thing to do if you can afford it.
Then she will not feel forced to choose against her will. Teenagers can be pretty contrarian... if shes not allowed to go back when presented with the opportunity it very may well make her idealise and pine after London all the more... and make her obstinately refuse to engage with new things.
I think if you don't she will resent Canada more. If she feels she can go back, then she might feel more settled in Canada. Banning London just makes it more appealing, will piss her off and make her resent being in Canada even more.
On balance I'd let her go. You have to accept that irrelevant of your heritage, your daughter is born and bred british, she's left everything she knows, including her friends, and it wasn't her choice. Banning her then from going back lacks any empathy or compassion, and almost guarantees she will move back thr moment she turns 18.
Please do let her go. The message you want to give your daughter is to be at home in the world. She doesn't have to 'choose' Canada or England.
Our 17 year old spent a week in California with my brother and his family. It was the best gift ever. He's going back this summer.
You're holding her back, OP. It's hard to let them go, but we have to give them some rope. She'll go at 18 anyway. Why not do it now?
And ironically, it may be just the thing she needs to 'bond' with her new home. I understand why you don't want to disrupt her transition as she settles into life in Canada, but really, I think the trip will do her the absolute world of good.
If you can afford it and you trust the people she will stay with, then go for it.
you have named one of my biggest fears, that she will want to move abroad after high school / uni
This is unfair on her. Of course it is normal that you want your children near you, but that shouldn't be at the expense of their own happiness. Her growing up to be an independent adult is the actual aim of parenting and certainly shouldn't be one of your biggest fears. Try to reframe it in your mind to be proud of her for having the confidence and skills to be able to do this.
Let her go ❤️♥️
It's all part of life's experiences, she will enjoy, have fun, but come back!! It's all part of growing up unfortunately 😍
Canadian summer holidays are long, my school would let out late June and we’d go back after Labour Day in Sept...so what’s one or two weeks out of 8-9*? She’ll still have lots of time to enjoy the Canadian summer.
Living abroad and leaving friends is hard, as an adult I still struggle from time to time. As a teen it must be that much harder.
* if you can afford it. I personally wouldn’t go broke for this or anything.
I would let her go. She has lots of choices in the future, she may want to go back to UK to Uni.
Let her go if it’s affordable (including her expenses money).
You chose to move to Canada when she was a young teen: she did not. As an adult she may well wish to study/work in the UK: her choice.
If it is going to be a financial hardship & impact on your family & other DCs then I don't think she should go. You will be setting a precedent & what if she & your others all want to go again next summer?
If you can afford it & it's not going to mean no holiday for the rest of the family then let her go.
I also say let her go. By not allowing her, you are making London the forbidden fruit and going to push her away. She will probably start resenting Canada.
It was your decision to uproot her life, so small allowances like this is only fair.
And i think it's great that she has such a close friend who is willing to make such an effort over great distance. Dont let them lose that.
Uprooting her was not her choice. But uprooting all of us was not really my first choice either - I miss London and my life there terribly. On balance I don’t think we made a mistake - we had to move back for family & job reasons - but it has been hard.
I am not being fair to her though as many of you have pointed out.
You are all making very good points so thank you.
Uprooting her was not her choice. But uprooting all of us was not really my first choice either - I miss London and my life there terribly
Maybe this is about you and the fact that her having a wonderful time in London and feeling like she has gone home with exacerbate your homesickness and the fact you didn’t want to love either
If she doesn't go it could be that she resents you for not letting her go and becomes even more set against Canada as home
If you let her go it can go 2 ways (at least)
1 She goes; realises she is out of the loop there and actually prefers Canada.
2 She goes; becomes even more convinced that her home is over there.
Going back to anything is rarely as good as we expect it to be and I suspect she will err towards realising she has moved on BUT resentment and glorifying her old life are almost a given if you don't let her go.
To me that suggests that letting her go is the best option.
I need to consider what is “fair” for DD2 as well. DD1 got to visit her grandparents on her own in February.
Augh too many moving parts. I think I need to sleep on it. The good thing is we don’t have to make a decision this weekend or anything.
As a Brit in canada too, the world these days is a very small place: chances are kids will move abroad for study and or work with the fluidity of the global markets...let her go and figure out what she wants or doesn’t , as if yuh don’t let her now, she shall Defos do it later...
If you're struggling to afford it then I would say no. She needs to understand how expensive it is to fly across the world.
However if you're not too worried about the money then I would probably let her go, but not for the whole of the holidays. It's not particularly far so she doesn't need much recovery time at either end. You're right, she should be spending time with her new friends in Canada as well
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