Leaving Your Kids Overnight

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Leaving Your Kids Overnight
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Wed, 05-07-2008 - 3:13pm
with relatives (or any other close person in your life). I'm really curious to see if there is a difference in SAHM vs. WOHM. This came up on one of the playgroups on here I lurk on. Someone asked what's the longest you've been away from your kids. Now, granted our babies are still rather young (17 months old) but IMO, it doesn't really make a difference. Needless to say I was shocked at the replies. The majority does not leave their kids with ANYONE overnight or more than a few hours. I got a sense from the thread that it

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Registered: 10-30-2007
Fri, 05-23-2008 - 11:03am

My husband and I have only left our kids over night 2 times.

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Registered: 08-29-2002
Wed, 05-14-2008 - 12:56pm
Yup, I rarely post anymore but I saw yours and had to respond...I hadn't heard anything from you in a while. We're good: both very busy with our jobs (mine seems to get busier by the day, and I had an over-the-top travel schedule last year). I did manage to get a paper published last year and have first authorship on that...I'm pretty proud of that one since I rarely get to do any lab work anymore. The kids are good, though ds is about to become a teen, which is kind of disturbing :-).
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 05-14-2008 - 12:23pm
See, it is largely about personality.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 05-14-2008 - 8:28am
I hear you -- I guess what I was saying is that often when they're older its harder -- cuz they hold grudges LOL -- or they REALLy get 'hey you're leaving me - hey you're having fun WITHOUT ME -- hey! hey! hey!" LOL.

 

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 05-13-2008 - 9:38pm
I'm good, thanks! School's almost out. Kids are great. DH's great. Job is busier than ever.
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Registered: 01-17-2008
Tue, 05-13-2008 - 9:08pm

I understand what you are saying but my concern isn't with her understanding and remembering, but instead with causing any unnecessary trauma or upset by leaving her when she is not old enough to comprehend that I am coming back and when.

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Registered: 08-29-2002
Tue, 05-13-2008 - 12:13pm
Totally OT, but how are you doing?!?! I haven't seen a post from you in ages!
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 05-13-2008 - 7:47am
dh is out of town this week on business.

 

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 05-13-2008 - 7:05am
The first time I left Liza over night she was 2 months old -- I left her as an infant and as a toddler and as a kid and now that she lives apart from me 2 weeks of every month I don't really need to "leave' her overnight anymore LOL...but honestly? She has no memory of the trips I took when she was 12 months, 18 months, 2 or 3 - so I wouldn't worry too much about them 'understanding' --- one Arthur Video and a happy meal later they've forgotten you were ever gone.
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Registered: 01-17-2008
Mon, 05-12-2008 - 10:07pm

This is exactly how I feel.

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