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Old 03-18-2013, 08:01 AM   #16
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I talked with him this weekend and his answer was that he would be "moderately disappointed".

Stick a fork in me.....I'm done. I can't imagine going to WDW knowing he is sitting at school thinking about the whole family being together....all but him.

Would you allow your child to miss any amount of college for a trip like this? It really will be a once in a lifetime trip for us, with my mom, sisters, MIL and SIL and her family. What if I could bring him along for part of the trip and then have him fly home to school, so he would only miss 2 or 3 days of college? Is it acceptable to miss college for something like this? Or is that a total No-No.

There's just no simple answer to this and someone will feel bad in the end.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:05 AM   #17
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He would need to check all his syllabus schedules and make sure there are no tests... but there are kids that never even go to class.. So depending on his schedule he may have a bit of time to go...

DD told me last week that there are sometimes only 10 kids in a class that is supposed to have 30.... some kids just skip a class either sick, don't want to go.. any number of things... We told DD we paid for it, you better go.. LOL (not that I can control it). But she is actually enjoying the college style education...

Good luck with your decision.. I do know of some families that have flown their college student down for XX days of vacation and flew them back..
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:15 AM   #18
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That makes me feel a little bit better. The thought of him at school and all of us at WDW would have guilted me so badly that I probably wouldn't enjoy the trip at all (if I could have even gotten to the point of being able to book it without him)! If he could come down with us on black Friday and then maybe go home on Wednesday....it might make things easier for all of us! I will definitely keep that in my head as a possible option
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:19 AM   #19
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Check his school calendar... maybe he has an extended break at Thanksgiving...
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:28 AM   #20
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Check his school calendar... maybe he has an extended break at Thanksgiving...
I did, but his break happens the week before Thanksgiving. We can't leave until black friday because of my and DH's work situation. His school returns to classes the Monday after Thanksgiving. Why can't anything ever work out simply and easily?
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Because then a Mom's Plan would come together and we wouldn't have to stress!!!!
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Danielle, I sympathize with the decision making, it is rough! DS is always saying how many students don't show up to class on any given day. Depending on which classes he has on a given day, he could spend a few days with the family and still only miss 1 or 2 days of a class.

Good luck, FWIW I would let DS miss college classes for a trip like that.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:34 AM   #23
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I did, but his break happens the week before Thanksgiving. We can't leave until black friday because of my and DH's work situation. His school returns to classes the Monday after Thanksgiving. Why can't anything ever work out simply and easily?
you mean things work nice & easy?? if there is a hard way for things to go - that is usually the way they go for me.

if he could be back on Wednesday - that is how I would do it but I would wait until after he attends classes in the fall & make sure he doesn't have a test or could talk his teacher into giving it to him early (make sure any assiments are turned in early) so add him last minute & make sure his plane ticket is refundable just in case
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:45 AM   #24
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Because then a Mom's Plan would come together and we wouldn't have to stress!!!!
It's funny you said that. I was at the doctor last week for my headaches and he said "maybe reducing your stress level could help limit the number of headaches."

I wanted to reply "and maybe cloning myself so the real me could sit on a beach with 007 drinking margaritas while the clone did all the work at home would help with my stress levels too, but that's not happening either."

FYI: we watched Skyfall this weekend and can I just tell you ladies, I'm now a HUGE Daniel Craig fan. Wow, wow, wow!
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Danielle, I sympathize with the decision making, it is rough! DS is always saying how many students don't show up to class on any given day. Depending on which classes he has on a given day, he could spend a few days with the family and still only miss 1 or 2 days of a class.

Good luck, FWIW I would let DS miss college classes for a trip like that.
Thanks, it makes me feel better to know him going is at least a possability.
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you mean things work nice & easy?? if there is a hard way for things to go - that is usually the way they go for me.

if he could be back on Wednesday - that is how I would do it but I would wait until after he attends classes in the fall & make sure he doesn't have a test or could talk his teacher into giving it to him early (make sure any assiments are turned in early) so add him last minute & make sure his plane ticket is refundable just in case
Oh, don't worry. Momma will be on his case about assignments and getting them done early (if that's a possiblity).

Does a syllabus outline dates for everything for the semester? Is that handed out at the beginning of the semester for each class?
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Oh, don't worry. Momma will be on his case about assignments and getting them done early (if that's a possiblity).

Does a syllabus outline dates for everything for the semester? Is that handed out at the beginning of the semester for each class?
I can answer this one Yes the syllabus should outline everything for the semester. Including absence policy, tests, assignments, etc.

I also want to change my earlier answer. I wouldn't want one of my kiddos to miss a once in a lifetime trip. I think he could probably miss a couple days of class if he doesn't have anything "pressing" due.
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Thanks for all the help, ladies. I have plenty of time to work this out, so I think we will plan with the hopes that he can spend at least a couple days with us. It seems to be a great compromise!
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Thanks for all the help, ladies. I have plenty of time to work this out, so I think we will plan with the hopes that he can spend at least a couple days with us. It seems to be a great compromise!
I think it sounds like a great compromise! does that mean you are planning on coming down this Thanksgiving ????? sure hope so!
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Knowing that we are all pretty like-minded around here, I'd like to propose a question. It's one that has been going back and forth in my brain for some time now and I just can't come up with my opinion on it.

Here goes......

Would you plan a WDW vacation, knowing your college-age kid would not be able to attend?
Yes. and we are in June. Only my youngest is going. My daughter is almost 20 and I told her if she wants to go she needs to pay for herself.(I'm trying to get her to get a job). My 19 year old son doesnt want to go.
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