I have a 10 year old daughter who's father works out of state

Bridgette - posted on 06/06/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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He only comes in to visit her once a month. He has a new job and no vacation time for this summer. He wants me to put her on an airplane by herself to meet him in Nevada from Louisiana for a 4 day visit. I am having a really hard time making a decision on this. Please give me some advice.

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Depending on the airline/airport there may be a child minding service for children who are travelling unaccompanied. Certainly I travelled cross-Atlantic between Canada and England my own, with some supervision from a designated area. By 16 I'd travelled quite a bit on my own on airplanes without my parents or other family members - I was dropped off at the designated point, and handed over to whoever was collecting me at the other end. Luckily my parents made sure I knew who was dropping off/collecting me at both ends. One summer I travelled from England (airplane) to Toronto, collected by a family friend, then put onto a bus to go up to Algonquin Park when I was about 14/15. The people collecting me off the bus - I didn't know who they were but I knew that I was meeting staff from a camp I was attending. Certainly arrived at the camp with no problems, except for jet lag.

It depends on how well you get on with your ex, the age of your daughter and what safety measures you can put in place.

As a teenager I'd travelled cross - Atlantic and round Europe to a certain extent without my parents being by my side. I've been to Germany and Sweden by plane and collected by people I know. When I went to Sweden I travelled up to the north of the country by another plane, to visit a family that the family I was staying with knew.

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