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Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week  
User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 564 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

Hi all,

my wife and I will be going on a first class trip to Europe for a week and we feel guilty as hell to leave our kids (3 years old and 10 months old twins) at home with grandma and our au pair girl.

If you have done similar let us know so we don't feel so guilty anymore and love to hear tips to make the farewell as easy as possible (They are not bringing us to the airport as EY limo service will pick us up at home).

Keep those replies coming.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter

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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2696 times:



Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):
my wife and I will be going on a first class trip to Europe for a week and we feel guilty as hell to leave our kids (3 years old and 10 months old twins) at home with grandma and our au pair girl.

Why?

You trust them or you don't. Sounds like you trust them so go on vacation and drink and eat and party til you pass out.


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

I know what you're going through, believe me, It's also hard the first time you leave the kids, but I guarantee it won't be the last, so enjoy your trip, it sounds like it's going to be a blast.

If you spend the week worrying, you'll regret it the minute you get back and find out the kids did fine in your absence...



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User currently offlineFuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

I'm not a parent, but I think as a parent you should realize that parenting is as important a job that you will ever have. You always need to have vacation from that job of parenting. I don't think there's anything wrong with leaving the young'uns at home while you spend some quality time with your wife. 10 Months old is a little young for the twins but as long as they have food they should be fine.


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7701 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2656 times:
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The only thing you should be feeling guilty about is not inviting me! Enjoy your trip.


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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7146 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2621 times:



Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):
my wife and I will be going on a first class trip to Europe for a week and we feel guilty as hell to leave our kids (3 years old and 10 months old twins) at home with grandma and our au pair girl.

When I was younger my parents left me home on trips too. Especially that age. I was happy with my grandparents. No reason to feel guilty at all it is not like they could enjoy or remember the trip anyway. Have fun, take a break.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15735 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2562 times:



Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):
my wife and I will be going on a first class trip to Europe for a week and we feel guilty as hell to leave our kids (3 years old and 10 months old twins) at home with grandma and our au pair girl.

Don't worry, in about ten years they will beg you to stay home. I know I did. With my mom, being on vacation is more work than staying home. Why wake up at 5:30 to go to see (insert uninteresting attraction here) when I could be at home sleeping in as late as I want?



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User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3871 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

Go. It is clear that you already trust grandma and the au pair, so you shouldn't be worried (other than the natural amount of anxiety that comes with being a parent).

You are better off going now, when the kids are so young that the chances of them remembering this are slim to none, than when the kids are older, and have the potential of getting into some serious trouble a.k.a. when they are teenagers and see this as a great chance to throw a week-long party at your house.

Call once a day to check up on them, but otherwise don't worry about it.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

Seems normal......enjoy the trip.
regds
MEL.



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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2423 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 8):
Seems normal

As long as the au pair is not named Louise Woodward...



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User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 564 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2381 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 4):
The only thing you should be feeling guilty about is not inviting me! Enjoy your trip.

Sorry mate but I'll make sure to post a trip report. Thanks for all your replies. Feeling much better and can't wait for our trip to start.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7701 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
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Quoting Homer71 (Reply 9):
As long as the au pair is not named Louise Woodward...

That's in pretty poor taste given that the guy is expressing unease about leaving the kids.



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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2308 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11):
That's in pretty poor taste

Thanks, I wasn't even really trying...

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11):
the guy is expressing unease about leaving the kids.

Judging by his last comment, I think he'll be fine, don't you worry



"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 564 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2299 times:



Quoting Homer71 (Reply 12):
Judging by his last comment, I think he'll be fine, don't you worry

Hi guys,

no worries about the comment. As I never heard of her, I actually took the time to google Louise Woodward and my wife and I actually showed our Au Pair the article about her.

At this stage the excitement of our upcoming trip exceeds our remaining concerns. Can't wait for that limo to pick us up in 3 weeks.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2296 times:

Are you touring all of Europe or are you concentrating on a particular country?


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User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 564 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2268 times:

Hi Homer71,

the only reason I am flying to Germany is to attend my 20 year school graduation party. When I booked my flights back in April of this year I was actually looking for a really cheap business class fare from BNE to FRA but simply couldn't resist the EY first class offer and booked.

Only 3 weeks ago my wife finally made up her mind to leave our kids at home with grandma and our au pair and join me for this once in a lifetime experience. We managed to get the same tariff for her, made a couple of changes to my initial booking and now we are off on a "second honeymoon" spending 3 nights in Abu Dhabi and 3 nights in Germany.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2257 times:

Awesome, per your earlier remarks, we expect a full TR (with photos).

Have a safe trip

 bigthumbsup 



"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2255 times:



Quoting Homer71 (Reply 12):
Thanks, I wasn't even really trying...

Now THAT'S comedy!!

I think it's OK to leave the kids behind. I think you will find that you will miss them more than they will miss you.


User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 564 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2241 times:



Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 17):
I think you will find that you will miss them more than they will miss you.

 checkmark  You should see how much our son is looking forward to seeing his grandma.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


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