bps3458
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Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:09 pm

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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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:22 pm



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.
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:58 pm

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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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:33 pm

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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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:33 pm

The only thing you should be feeling guilty about is not inviting me! Enjoy your trip.
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:36 pm



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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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:16 am



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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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:10 pm

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.
 
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:47 pm

Seems normal......enjoy the trip.
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:13 pm



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 8):
Seems normal

As long as the au pair is not named Louise Woodward...
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:34 am



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
 
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:45 pm



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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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:31 pm



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
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:36 pm



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
 
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:41 pm

Are you touring all of Europe or are you concentrating on a particular country?
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:07 pm

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
 
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:48 am

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

Have a safe trip

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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:53 am



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.
 
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RE: Leaving The Kids At Home For A Week

Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:48 am



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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