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Well now we have been asked to go in on the tickets for the kids since we are not letting them stay longer than Thurs-Sun. Hubby said H*** no! I mean we don't even get child support from bm and we should pay for part of the airfare for the kids to go see her graduate? Seriously! Ugghhh
Also drama over times. We said we want the kids to go to school that Thurs and fly out Thurs after school. Said we can't get to the airport before 5:30pm. Just not possible between when they get home from school, distance to the airport, traffic at that time of day, etc. So they can't really have a flight that leaves before 7:30PM because of the arrive 2 hours early thing. Grandparents are having a fit about that because of how late kids will arrive there. We said then they can fly out early Fri morning. We can have them at the airport by 6am if needed. Nope, thats not good enough.
Kids are supposed to fly home on Sunday. They have school on Monday. We asked that they take a morning or early afternoon flight home, so they are not up late on a school night. Oh no, grandparents want them to stay till the last minute and take a night flight home. Great for them....but we have to deal with crabby kids in the morning then.
Its getting to the point where they can just forget it. They are so difficult to deal with and everything is about bm, not the best interests of the kids!
I would tell them that if they want the kids to be out there for graduation, they are responsible for all costs associated with travel. Also tell them the times that work for you. End of story. I agree that the kids need to be home at a decent hour to go to bed and get a GOOD night's sleep before school. They will already be extra tired just from the fast paced weekend.
That is crazy!! You shouldn't have to pay at all. And I think you are being totally reasonable on times. For myself, I will usually get to the airport an hour before a continental flight, especially if it's just the weekend and I'm only taking carry-ons, but with kids, I'd think you would definitely want to be more conservative than that, too. And coming home super late after a long weekend on a school night...it should definitely be an early afternoon (or earlier) flight. Get up, have a nice breakfast, and then head home.
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Ugh they are being so difficult! No way should you pay for part of the tickets! That takes balls for them even to ask! And they are really be selfish to not put the kids 1st. I agree that you need to agree to the schedule or the kids don't go.