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22 Jul 2005

2 yr old visiting overseas longterm
My grandson is 2yrs old, living overseas with his mother. She is prepared to allow him to visit his dad for 3-6 months in one stretch.
He is a friendly, outgoing child and used to being with his grand-
parents when his mother goes away on business.
He has not seen his daddy for 8 months now, but he will visit for a while before he brings the child back. However, we are a bit
concerned about the psychological impact this might have on him.
He has been chatting to his dad on the phone and we will be calling them regularly to allow him to stay in contact with his mom and grandparents.
My son and grandson will both be staying with me throughout his visit, so he will have a motherfigure.
Could you give some advice please?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

There's no reason to assume that this would have a negative psychological impact on the child. It sounds as though he is used to some such absenses from his mother, and he's apparently happy with his grandparents. he'll have other friendly people around, and frequent contact by phone, I'd think he'll cope. Maybe aim at three months, and extend it if he's happy. I'm assuming that there'll be a primary caregiver around, in other words someone who will be consistently with him each day ?
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