Due December 2013 - FamilyEducation
Due December 2013
03/31/2013 at 10:01 AM

Thankful for all blessings great and small. Pregnancy was just confirmed. EDD - 12/5/13. Happy Easter!

You are the one who has done most of the parenting while they had the fun. Take her with you if she wants to go. She will miss you badly if you go without her and it could be such a great opportunity for you both. You have legal custody so it is up to you to make the decision, not your siblings. They are being a little bit selfish. Good luck.

If she is bonded strongly with you as the parent figure, leaving her behind will be detrimental. She can also get A LOT of advantages from experiencing life in different countries. However, on the flip side, you have to consider that she has family and friends here in the states that she will miss terribly, and they will miss her. This is no different than deciding whether to take a job in Japan when you have your OWN 13 year old to consider. Maybe the first thing to consider is, do you REALLY want to take the job and relocate your family?