Is it ok for my 2-year old and 5-year old to spend 2 weeks at Grandma's house?

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Is 2 weeks too long for a 2.5 year old and a 5 year old to be away from Mom and Dad? I am a stay-at-home Mom, so I am always with my kids. So on one hand, it would be a nice break for me (Purely selfish!) but I worry that it might be to long. Also, Grandma will be moving about 22 hours away this fall, so part of me feels guilty if I say no, and I want them to have plenty of time with her this summer...so conflicted!!... what do you ladies think?

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Therese - posted on 04/27/2009

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of course i have been doing that with my son for the past three years my parents live 12 hours away this year i am sending my 2 year old as well its great for the kids and as well for yourself you'll see you will miss them but when they come back after a week you want them to go back ...lol its a great memory for the children my son talks about it year round he is waiting for his vacation with his grandparents

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Elena - posted on 02/23/2015

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Yes- If your parents are loving/ caring grandparents. Kids need their grandparents too.

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Thanks for all the comments/advice ladies! It's always good to have an outside opinion. It's hard to step back and take my personal feelings out of it (Grandma is my Mother-in-law!!) She is only 2 hours away, so you're right, I can go get them if I need to. It would be a nice break, and I'm sure my kids will be fine. They love their Grandma! They always have fun there. It's hard for me to let go!! (I'm a bit protective!!) :-)

Megan - posted on 04/27/2009

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I'd say go for it. As long as your kids seem ok with it, and its not like they are really far away.. you could always go get them early if something happen and they need/want to come home. Don't feel guilty at all!! They won't be able to see her much when she moves 22 hours away

Emily - posted on 04/27/2009

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Is it OK? More than likely without knowing your specifics. It's out of my comfort zone, though, especially with a two year old. You know how your children will react more than anyone else does.

User - posted on 04/27/2009

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From the time my sister and I were really little we spent 2 weeks every summer at my grandparents house. It was a great experience. The distance from my parents house varied, but they could have always come to get us if needed. Now that my grandfather has passed, I'm glad we got to have that time when we did. And I'm sure my parents missed us, but were also glad to have that time to themselves as well.

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My son was 2 and stayed with his grandparents for 8 days while my husband and I went to Hawaii. He had so much fun and they kept him so entertained that he didn't have time to miss us. I would take Grandma up on the offer. If the children are having a difficult time without you then you can pick them up early. I think the separation is harder on the parents then it is on the children.

Helen - posted on 04/27/2009

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Trust me if my mother said give me your kids for two weeks, I'd be happy. I know you will miss them though. But one thing is that they know grandma will spoil them. If you have certain rules or whatever let your mother now so that they know even though its grandma house same rules apply cause if not they will come home doing whatever it is that grandma let them do. Well, at least that's what my 5 year was thinking he could do when he came home from a weekend at his grandmas. This will also be a chance for you and your partner to have some time alone.

Megan - posted on 04/27/2009

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Are you kids excited to go? And if its not too far away its not like you cant go get them sooner. Im with Andrea, go for it!!

Amanda - posted on 04/27/2009

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I think that as long as it's not being done allll the time that it's a reasonable amount of time away. My mother did it with us only a couple times but we were alright with it according to her. It was just hard for my mom ...

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