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Would you leave your DC (1) for 2 weeks?

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phonebox Sun 31-Aug-14 18:51:59

Just curious, if you had the choice to leave your DC while you go on a break in the UK, while he/she is looked after at home, would you leave them or would you miss them too much to even consider it?

Yup...I've been reading Mail Online again and it said that George had been left with his nanny for the last two weeks while Kate & Wills went to Norfolk to oversee renovations, but I'm genuinely curious...would anyone on MN who had access to a nanny do the same?

choirmumoftwo Sun 31-Aug-14 18:53:44

No, but then I'd be surprised if they literally didn't see him for 2 weeks. They're not on the other side of the world!

Ragwort Sun 31-Aug-14 18:56:17

Yes, I would have (assuming I had proper care in place) ........... lots of people have no choice but to leave their children - people in the forces etc.

But it's a personal decision, I have a friend who has never left her children (now 9 & 10) overnight and she doesn't allow them on sleepovers. I think it is more about her 'need' obsession for her children than what they would like to do sad.

I think my DH would have found it harder than I would ......... not that we ever got the chance grin.

phonebox Sun 31-Aug-14 19:00:26

Work is fair enough, and there are certain other situations that make leaving DC necessary, but what if it was a holiday?

Artandco Sun 31-Aug-14 19:02:00

We haven't done two weeks straight but both ds's have stayed with grandparents for around a week from 6/7 months ( both breastfed usually also). Absolutely fine. Both grandparents don't live close so it's time for children to enjoy with them also
Roughly 1 week a year at each set of gps. Now 3 and 4 they look forward to these weeks as ask when next time is.

Sometimes dh and I go away, but usually just have a major busy week working as work around the children so them away means it's easier for us to work late/ abroad without worrying someone is back in time

I go by the whole takes a village to raise a child motto

Hulababy Sun 31-Aug-14 19:02:02

No, I wouldn't have chosen to. I didn't leave DD overnight at that age, through choice. And she is 12y now and we still haven;'t spent longer than a week away from her - she has been away from us with grandparents, or with school. I still wouldn't choose to holiday without her tbh

QTPie Sun 31-Aug-14 19:02:36


Personally no - not then and bit now. (DS 4.5): would just miss him too much. Even these days, he can be quote infuriating some times, but I would miss him too much.

But it is a very personal decision: plenty of people do go on holiday or away for work and leave their children with a very trusted carer. William & Kate lead exceptional lives and - despite wanting Prince George to have a very "normal", family oriented upbringing - Prince George will spend a lot of time in the care of others.

Lally112 Sun 31-Aug-14 19:04:55

no, I hated going back to work after the years maternity and I work like 3 hours a day or something.

KellyElly Sun 31-Aug-14 19:06:18

No, I wouldn't have at that age as I would have missed DD too much and two weeks is a long time. Wouldn't leave her for that long now and she's nearly five. She had four nights away from me after an op this year and was really distressed by the third night and kept asking when she'd see me again. I'd had a throat op so couldn't even talk to her. Still feel guilty about it now.

Chottie Sun 31-Aug-14 19:07:28

No way.

Sundaedelight Sun 31-Aug-14 19:09:54

I wouldn't believe the Mail online!

Chances are they have all been up there together for most of the time. Prince George may have been brought back to London earlier. I doubt very much that they didn't see him for two weeks when they were only in Norfolk!

PastaBow Sun 31-Aug-14 19:13:10

No buy in all fairness I wouldn't get the opportunity. Who knows if I did have someone to look after them?!

DH goes away with his work all the time.

aprilanne Sun 31-Aug-14 19:13:39

lets be honest they live a very different life from us mere mortals .leaving a baby with the nanny is quite normal to the royals .

phonebox Sun 31-Aug-14 19:13:59

You're right, they probably just didn't fancy a train journey back with him - and I bet he's harder to disguise in public.

Oh, and they try and restrict having too many Royal Family members travelling together don't they? Protect the line to the throne, and all that.

purplemurple1 Sun 31-Aug-14 19:15:57

Yes in a shot - we need a break before dc2 arrives!

partyskirt Sun 31-Aug-14 19:26:39

No, I wouldn't.

Kelly1814 Sun 31-Aug-14 19:29:19

I totally would. I have an amazing carer and I trust them completely. I probably couldn't justify it to others though (see this thread!) so I'd settle for a week smilewine

Shroomboom Sun 31-Aug-14 19:55:49

No way! I'd miss them far too much, I couldn't bear it! If we had a break the dc's would come too grin

antarctic Sun 31-Aug-14 20:02:09

I wouldn't personally, but I do feel sorry for Will and Kate with everyone scrutinising all their parenting decisions - they're never going to be able to please everyone!

kiki0202 Sun 31-Aug-14 20:24:06

I would miss DS to much to leave him for 2 weeks he has stayed for 2 nights with his nanna on 3 occasions and I was dying to see him by the middle of day 2. I don't think I could enjoy a holiday for so long without him it would ruin it for me and personally would just pack up the travel cot and take DS with me however I don't have the money to have a nanny or anything so it's just become normal for DS to go where I go mostly.

I'm not funny about leaving DS with family for overnight with he GP or if I need to go to town for a while but anymore than 36 hours and I miss him and it is purely missing him not worry jus that I want to be around him.

drspouse Sun 31-Aug-14 20:32:28

Yes, aged 21 months, but with DH - for work. If we both did the same job and had a nanny, we might take him, I am pretty impressed they took him to Australia, even with hot and cold running staff, it's gruelling to go that far and look fresh without young DC.

drspouse Sun 31-Aug-14 20:33:03

(By which I mean DS stayed with DH ).

Bowlersarm Sun 31-Aug-14 20:37:16

I don't think so.

However the world and his wife wouldn't want to be shoving a camera in my baby's face.

BettyBotter Sun 31-Aug-14 20:44:25

FFS they left the baby back home for TWO HOURS at their country palace bolt-hole. The baby was there in Norfolk with them.

lornemalvo Sun 31-Aug-14 20:44:53

I would NOT leave my 1 year old, 2 year old or 4 year old for 2 weeks under any circumstances. I would miss them too much and I would worry about them missing me.
I have no experience of older children yet so cannot comment on what age I would be okay with leaving them.
It doesn't bother me that other people may do this. 2 weeks is a bit strange but it is nothing to do with me.

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