What steps should we take to make our son comfortable?
Q: We have to go for an overseas trip for five days, but are not in a position to take our three-year-old son along with us. The problem is that ever since his birth he never stayed away from us. He has never stayed with his grandparents as they live in another city. Now my wife will stay with her parents along with my son to familiarise him with them for the next two weeks. Will our absence have any adverse impact on him? What steps should we take to make sure that he is comfortable during our absence?
A:I think the steps you are taking are wise. The child should be happy and comfortable with his grandparents. It is necessary for them to know the child's habits and preferences, so that the routines go smoothly. Make sure the child's favourite toys and music (if any) are packed for the visit. Just follow your intuitive sense for everything else. There are no specified steps.