Sending you 6-yr old on a day trip

Jody - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My brother-in-law and his girlfriend (whom we trust both completely) want to take my 6 yr old son on a day trip to Chicago (we live in Southern MO). She is a flight attendant and they will fly from Springfield, MO to Chicago, go to Shedd Aquarium, have lunch and be home by dinner. My son has never flown before but that doesn't really worry me. I think what worries me is that...I'm not worried. Any suggestions or insight?

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Karen - posted on 04/16/2010

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I agree. You trust these people and if the trust was in anyway wrong, your motherly instincts would kick in and worry you. It will be a great experience for him, but just in case, I would do like Kim said and write a letter just in case he needed medical attention, and the medicine info if needed, ect.

Kim - posted on 04/16/2010

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May sure you cover your bases, since it is a distance. Give your brother-in-law all the information he would need if your son needed medical attention including a letter authorizing your BIL to seek medical attention, an insurance card and any medications he is allergic to or taking. I have always done this with mine kids or the ones I was keeping. Although I have never needed it, it is very important.



I wouldn't make a big deal about not being worried. If you put your trust in the right people, no worry is necessary. I'm sending our 10 yr old to spend 10-14 days with his grandfather 2000 miles away and I am so excited for the adventure he is going to have, I can't find energy to worry.



If you think when the day comes you will, make special plans with your other kid(s) that they would enjoy but your son probably wouldn't. We will be doing 'girly things' with our 2 daughters while our son is away.



Give him a camera to take pictures to share with you when he comes home. He might be brave now, waver a little later, but be distracted/excited to capture the sights for mom. Think of the story he can tell when they are developed!

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