Join Date: May 2005
Location: Dallas, TX
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to you mama,
It's tough to reconcile these needs! Mind you, missing school in kindergarten is different than missing school when your child is a teenager with university admissions pending. Travelling overseas to connect with family in a different culture and country definitely counts as education in my books!
I think your idea of postponing the trip to next year so you have more time to plan for a longer stay is a good idea. For that much money and the hassle and jet lag etc a short 10 day jaunt doesn't seem to justify all that inconvenience and hassle.
I have known colleagues with family in Australia who could only visit once every 2-3 years.
FWIW, I took DS1 to Hong Kong last fall to attend a cousin's wedding, and he missed two weeks of school. Not a major tragedy in the grand scheme of things. We probably won't have the finances or logistics to go back for several years, so it was now or quite a few years later. But my grandmas are getting old and their health not so good. I have no regrets going, even though finances didn't permit that the whole family could attend.