HAW grew up as a ex-pat. His father was in the oil industry, and HAW was having the time of his life in the far north of Scotland at boarding school. Consequently, it meant that from a young age, he flew, often long haul, alone.
I on the other hand, was always with one or the other parent, and didn't fly solo until I started work and doing it for business.
HAW is Scottish. His parents live in Scotland and are rarely down to visit. Primarily because they are divorced and we don't have the spare room to put them up. His mother comes to stay once a year but we don't see his father and his wife that often. To me, family is everything. My children are so lucky that my parents are 10 minutes away and are an active part of their upbringing but the children don't see the other grandparents that often and I really want them to have a relationship with them.
Why am I telling you this you may ask?
Well, HAW is keen for Beansey, aged 8 and half to fly up to Scotland and spend half term with his cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents. We have discussed this with him and he is so positive and excited BUT...he would have to fly on his own.
I hate flying, I suffer it because the world is a big old place that I love to explore but the thought of him flying on his own feels me with dread. HAW is totally cool about it, after all, he was flying to Oman solo at the same age, but for me, I just feel uncomfortable about the whole thing.
BA offer a great service which means that he would be accompanied at all times, from the minute I take him to the gate to his grandparents pick him up, but still, it makes my heart constrict.
I have a million "what if's" but I also know that he would have an amazing time and really get to know his Scottish family.
What do you think??? Would you let your child of this age go solo??
Peace and Love