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#1 of 3 Old 07-07-2014, 04:22 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Smile Vacation Without Kids

Hello moms :-) I'm brand new here. I was looking for a fairly anonymous, unbiased place (ie NOT Facebook groups) to ask for a little advice or encouragement.

My fiancé and I are travelling next week for a conference on our 3 year olds neurological disorder. There are little resources where we live, so attending this conference is an opportunity that we cannot pass up!

Our son will be staying with his grandparents (paternal) for the first time. We will be gone for a week. They live out of town and only visit maybe once a month, if that, but they do FaceTime every night.

I know that he will be in great hands. The best possible hands other then our own...but I still have moments of extreme anxiety over the idea of leaving him

I'm afraid of the possibility of him missing us, or not understanding why we aren't there. We have never been away from him since he was born!

How do you moms who maybe take an adults only vacation a year, or travel for work, etc, handle leaving your little one/s home with family or friends other then their parent?
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I don't leave mine like that til age 4 but only you know if yours is ready. Of course they need plenty of visits beforehand with you present so they aren't almost strangers, visits every month or two plus Facetime is enough for my kids to know their paternal grandparents well. I gave Nana a detailed list of our routines so they know what the kids are used to. What kinds of things they eat and when, what they do for down time when they need a rest, bedtime routines. Include safety rules, sunscreen, car seats, water safety, etc. Also I would write up what I've found works as far as diffusing problem situations and disciplining them, and what behaviors come up lately that may need diffusing or disciplining. Mine have stayed twice with Nana and Granddad several days and had a great time both times. They played hard and wore themselves out and were remarkably happy and cooperative. They sent pictures a few times a day on my phone.
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Would one of them be willing to come with you so you don't have to leave him?
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