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: 01-05-2000
Mon, 05-12-2008 - 4:56pm

I have always had breaks away from my kids. When the girls were young, it was in the form of going to friends's houses, sleepovers, and homeschool get-to-gethers. With Dylan, is on the days that I wah and he is in afterschool care. I just prefer to have the other family members go away and leave me at home alone. Even when I'm sick, like to day, it's almost like a vacation away from everyone.

Chris

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Registered: 05-14-2006
Mon, 05-12-2008 - 5:19pm

"But I guess i'm definitely in the minority."


How do you figure that?

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Mon, 05-12-2008 - 5:21pm
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Mon, 05-12-2008 - 5:47pm

When I was a single WOHM with my older kids, I would occasionally leave them overnight with my grandparents who lived within a few blocks from me.

kaylee 

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Mon, 05-12-2008 - 9:27pm
We've done it a few times. DH works nights and I travel occasionally. If the stars don't align and he cannot be off when I have to be gone, we pay a babysitter to spend the night at the house.
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Registered: 01-17-2008
Mon, 05-12-2008 - 10:07pm

This is exactly how I feel.

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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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Yes. We. Did.

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Tue, 05-13-2008 - 7:47am
dh is out of town this week on business.

 

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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: 01-17-2008
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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