Kealani - posted on 05/03/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
My husband of 10 years and I are going to be going on a trip to celebrate our anniversary in a few weeks. We will be gone for 9 days. My 19 month old and 3 year old will be staying with my dad and stepmom during the trip. They live just 5 minutes away, and see my kids on a weekly basis (at least). THey have been having sleepovers once a week for the last few months to get used to sleeping over at grandma and grandpas. We will also be hiring a babysitter to help out my stepmom with the kids (as my children are her first experience with kids and isn't 100% comfortable with having both of them on her own during the day). I have been trying to "tee up" my 3 year old, about "mommy and daddy's trip", letting her know that she and her brother will be spending a week at grandma and grandpas house, and that we will be back with surprises. She hasn't had any negative responses at all whenever I bring it up. However, I have noticed that over the last few days, she must be starting to dwell on the fact that the trip is coming up, because she has been a lot more clingy to me and has had some tears when I have taken her to grandparents house (they don't last long as they immediately distract her with something else). I am trying to decide what will be the best strategy on departure day to make it as easy as possible on the kids (and mama!) to minimize the tears, and is it wise or not to keep in touch every day, either with phone calls or skype. Or would that just make it more hard for them when they realize that we are not with them?