please don’t go!

You are look­ing for­ward to a ro­man­tic hol­i­day with your hubby but your child starts wail­ing and in­sists that she wants to tag along. of­fers ways to as­suage your guilt.

Young Parents (Singapore) - - AGE BY STAGE 5 - 6 YEARS - DR RICHARD C. WOOLF­SON

Don’t be too am­bi­tious Ar­range good-qual­ity child­care

Make sure she’ll be well looked af­ter (per­haps by her grand­par­ents) while you are both away, and that she has a fun-lled time.

Plan her sched­ule as if it were part of your hol­i­day – you don’t want to re­ceive fran­tic calls while you are on the road sim­ply be­cause your child is bored and has noth­ing else to do. Plan a short break of sev­eral days rather than one last­ing a fort­night – those longer, more ad­ven­tur­ous, cou­ples-only hol­i­days can wait un­til your child is much older and more in­de­pen­dent.

You’ll prob­a­bly start pin­ing for your child the minute you wave good­bye to her, and spend most of the time talk­ing about her while you are away.

A week­end or a mid­week two-day break is ad­e­quate time for you and Hubby to en­joy your­selves with­out wor­ry­ing about your sixyear-old, and for her to cope with­out you.

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