My son is 4 and a half, and is going on holiday with his grandparents and 6-year-old niece. I'm a bit apprehensive about him being without us, his parents, for 8 days so I decided to fly over for just a day and a half, to make sure he is fine.
Edit: He is with his grandparents two days a week, and he has been away with them twice before for a shorter period (about 4 days).
My question is, for what length of time is it OK for a kid to be separated from parents?
I know it will depend on the child and on who he is with, but I'm expecting there will be some rules of thumb. When I was 10, I spent about 10 days at a friend's house when my parents and brother were abroad, and while this was a good friend and everything went smooth, it still felt like a very long 10 days.
The end In the end i went and he was very happy to see me. Never had a tighter hug. There had been no problems before i came, he had actually behaved really nicely and started misbehaving a little while i was there. So no clear answer, other that it was a nice micro-holiday for me.