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    Question 40 Hour Famine - Do you think it's a good thing to do, and what age?

    My 8 year old son has come home with a 40 hour famine booklet, I think he is probably too young to participate.

    Have any of your kids done it, how did they go, ie did they manage it without feeling sick or dropping out or anything, and what age were they?

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    No advice about doing it properly but I know of some people who choose something else to go without like a certain toy ect.. Something you feel may be appropriate for him. Hope you find the advice you're looking for OP.

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    I started doing it when I was 12. I have an eight year old and I think she would be too young to go the whole hog but you could adapt it to something you think is suitable.

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    Oh right, I hadn't thought of that, a very good idea, I'm just remembering back to when I last did it, (10 or 11 yrs old) and felt extremely sick and wobbly after it, and vomited up the first food I ate. Awful experience!!!

    I'll chat to him and see what he might like to do instead of a famine.

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    I just had a quick look and the website suggests that under 12's do an eight hour famine.

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    He has actually suggested a vow of silence, which I'm more than happy to take him up on!! Maybe a bit less bickering between the boys that weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilkingMaid View Post
    He has actually suggested a vow of silence, which I'm more than happy to take him up on!! Maybe a bit less bickering between the boys that weekend
    What an awesome idea!

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    A great idea! A wonderful and generous thing for your son to be doing for others less fortunate than themselves, you should be very proud.

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    thats a great idea.

    I do think 8 is too young. I think the earliest I ever did it was high school ...

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    I've had kids at school do it at that age. .BUT they either do only 12 hours... or eat only one food item like rice.

    I've had other children give up something that children in those countries don't have like technology or beds. I had a huge group of year 4 students once decide to sleep on the floor for a couple of nights.

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