I am about to leave my kids with inlaws for a WHOLE week!!!! I am going overseas and I have to admit I am kinda freaking out. Have you left your kids with someone else and what did you do?!My inlaws are something else...they wont eat what we eat,,,they wont go anywhere where there is sun,they are in a total comfort zone.Should I write them a list or just have a meeting beforehand?kinda worried my kids will suffer the week I am gone.......
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10-01-2014 20:14 #1
Leaving kids with inlaws
10-01-2014 20:28 #2
Definitely a list that they can refer to when you are gone, good luck!!
10-01-2014 20:28 #3
We went to Europe a couple of months ago and while my parents looked after our littlies for most of the time here at home, they did go to the in laws for a week, which I really wasn't thrilled about but my father had lots of medical appointments in one week and we all decided that it was easier for everyone for them to spend that week with the in laws.
So, they went with a box of small prettily wrapped gifts (like hair clips, nice new felt pens, stickers, a new drink bottle etc) one to open each day and they also had a letter or card to open from me every day that had a little message for them. I also sent two boxes of food (and a cold pack) with their favourite yogurts, cereal etc so that I knew at least they would have familiar food to eat.
I gave my MIL 4 typed pages of our normal routines as far as bedtime etc, lists of favourite meals for breakfasts, lunches etc plus GP information, emergency contacts etc
I tried to convince MIL to try Viber but she was reluctant so for that week, we had very limited contact with them but we did use Viber for the rest of the stay (while they were here at home with my parents) and I sent them photos and messages every single day on Viber too which my parents would show them.
It was really hard for me to leave, but honestly, once I was on that plane heading to Europe, I just had to put all those fears and worries to one side., otherwise it would have just ruined our trip.
Anyway, it was all good, they were fine, everyone survived and I don't regret it.
Enjoy your holiday!
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10-01-2014 20:33 #4
You must trust the in laws enough to leave your kids with them for a week. And, one week with different food and different routine won't kill them - so enjoy I say!!!
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10-01-2014 20:36 #5-
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I haven't. Don't trust my parents, don't trust the inlaws. No list of instructions would change that!
10-01-2014 21:51 #6
Definitely write out a "daily plan" for the entire week & maybe embellish on the fun stuff (like park visits), if they see it written down maybe they will feel guilty for not doing it?
I also think sending them with food is a great idea, will make life easier for the in-laws as well.
It's only a week, enjoy your time away!
10-01-2014 22:05 #7
I couldn't do it, not that I don't trust my parents but I just couldn't do it. 2 nights is my max and iv done that once. Our holidays involve ds, adult holidays will wait until kids are much older (we did them before kids too). The odd night away here and there we love as a couple but a week to us would not be enjoyable leaving him behind.
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10-01-2014 22:50 #8
Sure. Trust my folks and my MIL. Not more than 3 nights tho. I miss my kids too much.
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11-01-2014 08:02 #9Senior Member
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I would probably jot down nap times and bed times, maybe a few of their favourite foods for meals, but other than that I would not do up a big list of step by step instructions; they have raised children before! Just let them be grandparents, and let the kids have a break from their normal life.
11-01-2014 08:30 #10
First off enjoy your trip overseas! Secondly, the kids will have a blast while at their grandparents, I"m sure they'll have heaps of fun and get spoilt rotten
If your worried about routine etc, just write a list of things for your parents to refer to, and remember you can skype every day or so to check up on things and haae a chat
DP and I will be going to europe for 4-6 weeks in a couple of years for our honeymoon. We're leaving DS with my mum, and his bio dad for a couple of weeks each. I do have to admit, it's a couple of years away and I am a little anxious about it already haha.
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