Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Child-Free Holidays - Life Could Be A Beach For All Of Us

I think I might have a problem. I overheard a conversation between Mummy and Daddy earlier, and it seems they are debating whether or not to take me on our next holiday! Their next holiday!

One of them thinks it ought to be a family holiday, the other thinks it should be just the two of them. Selfish or not? Apparently there’s a ‘landmark birthday’ which is how the debate started.

I guess if they go away, just the two of them, it probably would do them good. I didn’t know them when they were a child-free couple, so I just assume they don’t ever miss it. I love my grandma and grandpa, but I don’t know their house would be as exciting as a tropical beach holiday!

It does seem to be divisive amongst grown-ups – is it ok to go away without your children, and if so, how old do the kids need to be? I don’t need Mummy for food any more, so in theory, it would be fine for someone to look after me for a while.

Mummy and Daddy do spend a lot of time running around after us, so I suppose they have earned some time alone. I just can’t understand why they would want to! I’m such good company at the moment! If they decide that’s what they want to do, and that they are both happy to do it, we’ll just have to get used to the idea and make sure they take us next time.

They should be fine, as long as they think about it in advance.
- I know Grandma and Grandpa well, and I’ve spent time at their house so it’s familiar. It’s really important that I’m comfortable with my carers and feel safe in the environment. If we weren’t going to stay with them, it might be an option for them to come and stay at our house.

- I can’t promise I won’t bawl when they leave, but I’m sure I’ll be fine by the time they get to end of the road. It’s my favourite trick from nursery, just trying to prompt a little guilt.

- Check out communications before booking. If mobile phones will work, and the roaming charges are acceptable, that’s the best option – you can call us regularly, and we can get you in an emergency.

- Don’t keep it a secret! Make the decision, and then let us know so we have a bit of time to get used to the idea. And be confident! If you act uncertain, we’ll start getting anxious.

On the plus side, a holiday without me is bound to lead to an extra big present when they get back, and I’m bound to be spoilt at Grandma and Grandpa’s! If I knew where they were going, I’d book it myself!


1 comment:

  1. Ooh interesting one CB. When my babies were your age they were left with rellies for the odd night and they seem to have minimal emotional scarring. I'm sure your Mummy and Daddy would buy you a really good present too.


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