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Saying no to school trip

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Greythorne Sat 12-Oct-13 21:58:51

My DS is 6, turns 7 in Dec.
School trip for 5 nights coming up in a few months.

DS not keen to go. I am not keen for him to go.

Would it be very wrong of me to say no to the trip?

spanieleyes Sat 12-Oct-13 22:02:09

Why would it? We always have a proportion of children who don't go on residentials ( and we don't run any until year 5/6, 7 year olds are rather young for residentials in my opinion!)

5madthings Sat 12-Oct-13 22:05:12

I think five nights is a long time for kids that age, our school does reside tials from tr4 onwards so age 8 and for two nights, then three nights in yr five/six.

SatinSandals Sat 12-Oct-13 22:11:56

I would take your lead from your child. One of mine couldn't have done it at that age so I wouldn't have made him.

QOD Sat 12-Oct-13 22:14:21

Nope. Dd didn't go

NoComet Sat 12-Oct-13 22:24:27

5 nights at 7 years old, most DCs I know don't do sleep overs except at grandma's until they are at least 7, many wait until they are 8.

A Brownie leader certainly wouldn't expect all new seven yearold brownies to want to do nights away and often wouldn't suggest they went on a longer pack holiday.

I have had a seven yearold here for two nights, but her big sister was here too and she's known us all her life. I didn't have DDs school friends until they were older.

Fairenuff Sat 12-Oct-13 23:05:41

No, that is too young. Is he in Year 2? Five nights is too long.

Bunbaker Sat 12-Oct-13 23:09:26

DD has never gone on any of the residentials. She simply didn't want to go. She is 13 now.

Jinty64 Sat 12-Oct-13 23:10:44

My ds (7) wouldn't want to go and I wouldn't want it either. Just say no.

BackforGood Sat 12-Oct-13 23:16:09

I think that's far too young (and I speak as someone with 3 dc who have been on dozens znd dozens of camps with Cubs/Scouts/Explorers as well as school residentials.

DeWe Sat 12-Oct-13 23:54:56

My ds (6 in year 2) would only want to go if I went too.

My girls at the same age (and even younger) would have loved it.

It depends on personalities.

simpson Sun 13-Oct-13 01:14:48

My DC school only do residential trips in yr6.

I do think 5 nights is too long for 6/7 yr olds, maybe 1 night away would be ok.

2cats2many Sun 13-Oct-13 07:32:22

That's very young for a residential.

Lara2 Sun 13-Oct-13 10:56:40

I agree, very young for a residential. Our KS1's do no residentials, Y3 do a sleepover in school, Y4 go camping for 3 nights and then it's gradually built up to 5 nights for Y6. I wouldn't have let mine go in Y2.

Feenie Sun 13-Oct-13 13:58:24

I was on a residential with our Y6s once and had to share a room with a teacher who had brought a class of Y3s. They were a bloody nightmare - coming in all night because of lost teddies/nightmares/tears. Poor kids. Why anyone would take kids on a residential at that age is beyond me, and taking Y2s is just bonkers hmm. No way would my ds have gone at that age.

everlong Sun 13-Oct-13 14:12:55

Tbh I wouldn't want my nearly 7 year old to go away that long.

Just tell school no.

It's fine.

pointyfangs Sun 13-Oct-13 15:46:09

No, that's too much too young. DD2's school does a residential in Yr2, but it's only 1 night, it's 10 miles away and there is no pressure on anyone to stay overnight - it's optional.

They then do 3 nights in Yr4 and 5 nights in Yr6.

Biscuitsneeded Sun 13-Oct-13 16:39:19

What kind of school is organising this?? It seems very naive. They'll all be wetting the bed, crying for their parents and wearing the same pants all week... My Ds went on his first beavers sleepover aged 7 but that was for one night, which seemed enough at the time!

Periwinkle007 Sun 13-Oct-13 21:01:18

no - my daughter is 6. absolutely no way would she be ready to go away with school for 1 night let alone 5 in a years time. perhaps a couple of nights with rainbows/brownies but 5 nights is too long IMO and I would be very surprised if you were the only ones who say no.

Chrysanthemum5 Sun 13-Oct-13 21:08:29

I would definetly say no. My DCs school does a one night trip when the children are 8/9, then 3 nights the following year. Even then most parents find it quite a long time for them to be away, and the school spends months preparing the children. There is no way I'd agree to my 6 year old going on a residential trip of even one night, she's just too young.

servingwench Sun 13-Oct-13 21:12:14

No way, too young and too long! My dd has just been on a two night away school trip. She is 8. She hated it, I knew she would and wished I'd gone with my instincts rather than be pressured by school!

MomentForLife Sun 13-Oct-13 21:12:37

Woah, no way would I let my DD go either. Far to young imo.

MomentForLife Sun 13-Oct-13 21:13:55

Woah, no way would I let my DD go either. Far to young imo.

Portofino Sun 13-Oct-13 21:38:37

DD went away for a week at that age - she was happy to do it mind. I wouldn't say it is too young, but you should be guided by your child as to whether they want to. My school had their first residential when they were 8 and most were happy to go. The ones who cried still had a fabulous time.

OddBoots Sun 13-Oct-13 21:40:56

There's nothing wrong with saying no if you don't feel going is right for your child.

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