I have an almost 5-year-old son and an almost 3-year-old daughter. My children are on holidays with grandparents far away for a week. They had the same holidays last year and it went smoothly, but this year my son cried during and after the travel there (with grandparents). He knows his grandparents well and is always happy to meet them, He sees them up to 8 times/25 days a year, and we also have been there recently. I would say they are comforting - they hug for a soothing.
I did not talk to him since I do not know if I make it worse or not. Grandparents say it was "just sadness" and after "cry out" he is fine. They also suggested it is OK for me to call, and they will probably Skype us today evening. In general my son is not overly attached to us, he can spend a day with relatives/friends just fine. I think he is sad because of being separated from us.
Now I am wondering whether I should call him and talk to him during holidays (we did not last year). On one hand it could brighten his day and encourage him to enjoy the time spend with his grandparents, but on other hand it could sadden him more.
My son is the sensitive type compared to my daughter. Last year, we expected they would rely on each other in such situations. I will probably wait a day to see how is he doing there.
Should I call my son if he remains sad? If yes, what should our conversation look like? I would guess I should talk about what they will do with grandparents.