(Closed) How young is too you and how long is too long? (kids & travel)

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m not sure what you are asking here?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Starting around that age I used to go to my grandparents over entire summers.  I loved it as a kid, since my grandparents lived three states away and I never got to see them.  I would get homesick from time to time and by the end I was ready to go home.  But I loved it there and would have been bored at home all summer.

Also, I think kids fly that young fairly often.  Airlines seem to be pretty good about making sure young kids that fly by themselves get everywhere they need to be.

Post # 5
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it would be fine for him to travel alone.  If you notify the airline, they will have someone escort him through security onto the plane and then wait with him until he meets up with his uncle.

But it does sound like maybe the uncle doesn’t have much experience taking care of kids so I would be worried that there wouldn’t be anything for the kid to do all summer long.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i remember the first time i left my parents was to visit my grandma with my sister for one week when i was 10 and i was still terrified and homesick. but different kids are different. some children spend their summers at camp, my parents didn’t like us doing that. either way, it’s your friend’s child, not yours, so even if you aren’t ok with this i don’t think there’s much you can do. i feel like people don’t like to be told how to raise their children.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

The mom can get a gate pass to walk her son through security all the way to the gate and sit with him til the plane takes off.  The uncle can also be at the other gate, ready to get him when the plane lands so other than flying the boy will never be without someone he knows.  I don’t think that’s such a big deal.

My daughter is only one, so I have no idea how I’ll feel in 6 years, but 9 weeks does sound like a very long time for a first trip.  Hell, I was away from home for 20 days at age 17 and still got a little homesick.  I’d suggest still going, but maybe shortening the trip, if it were me.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I think I flew alone for the first time when I was 5.  I thought it was a fun adventure! the flight attendants totally watch after you so its no big deal.  Also kids that young start going to summer camp for 8 week stretches so I don’t think it is all that unusual – and the guy is family! Whether he knows what he is for, I doubt it, but it could still be a very special and memorable experience for the little boy – and a lesson to the uncle 🙂

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it is fine!

I travelled on a plane alone at 8 and it was so much fun! The people looking after me took me to the one gate and my parents were at the other gate when I landed. The flight attendents were awesome – they gave me tons of games and cookies to keep me busy. And I got to go into the cockpit with the pilot (don’t know if they still do that though LOL).

9 weeks seems a little long but I am sure if he gets homesick he can go home early. I started going to camp fairly young and I loved it. Don’t think I have ever experienced home sickness – but every kid is different and I never went away for 9 weeks.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

My husband did that all the time when he was younger except he went to a completely different country in the summers.  He loved it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Yeah, I was used to traveling to all four of my aunt’s houses during the entire summer, christmas, and spring break.(mother wasn’t in picture)  My sister and I traveled by train when we were around that age.  Train crew helped get us together at the correct stop, made sure we ate, etc.  Just as long as the flight crew is aware of the circumstances, accomodations can be made.  Has he flown before?  I flew for the first time alone, but if it’s his first time there really should be someone there with him.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think the traveling part alone is fine….I would just be more concerned about the unexperienced uncle.  I mean, he is 30 years old and taking care of this boy for more than 2 months.  Does the uncle not work or something?  And if he does work, Where and what is the boy going to do in NY while the Uncle is working?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Okay, sorry, I should have read all of your posts.  So, the boy will be at some YMCA thing during the week while the Uncle works, is this my understanding?

 

Well, then I guess it would be fine in my opinion.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think its fine, but i think it also depends on the kid. Im thinking the parent should know her son well enough to know whether he would be okay for that long or not. Ive seen some kids that say they want to go but the parents know that their kids say that now, but wont be saying that for long after their gone. So i think it depends.

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