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My 16 year old Daughter is one of 25 teens chosen out of 1600 teens to go to Italy (12days) with her HS English group. This trip will be her senior trip in the summer of 2014. She will be 17 by then. She had to be nominated by three teachers in order to go. We go to our first meeting about the trip tonight. Its a once in a lifetime opportunity for her I know. I feel very reserved about letting her leave the US with all that's going on in the world today. It will be a wonderful learning experience, plus she will see some of the most beautiful places in the word. So my question is......How do you feel about letting your young teen leave the US without you?

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She is pretty much an adult by this time already, she makes her own decisions good or bad. About letting her travel to another country alone it's scary yes, but personally I think it's scary to just send our kids to school these days. Like you said it's a once and a life time trip. Good luck.

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Thank you!!
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Sure :)
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Depends on how responsible she is. Also has she been sheltered all her life, where she'd go wild at the freedom (Natalee Holloway). Does she have problems with authority? (Breaking curfew).

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She is a very responsiable girl. She is not a sheltered child, we are very open minded parents with it comes to parenting. She has been to several places in her life (with family). NYC, Hawaii, Florida, Colorado and many other places. She is very laid back kinda of girl, and absolutly no problems with authority. Excellent student as well.
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I would be worried as any mom then, just being in foreign country!
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I say, let her go. She will be with a large group and adults. She will be fine. You will be fine too. She will never forget this experience--never! She will have the opportunity to learn sooo much and get to eat authentic Italian Food too!! WOW!
She should go.

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I think it's awesome that she got chosen!! I would definitely let my daughter go at that age! That's an amazing opportunity!

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I would be scared to death to let my child leave the country without me. Ultimately, it's your decision, and no one else can make it for you.

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Is there anyway that you or another adult that you trust could go with them or travel to the "same places" to keep an eye on her and make sure that she is safe?

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Yes they could for another $4100.
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Our eldest daughter went to Spain, as a requirement in her third year of high school and we were very hesitant to let her go. But we did let her go and she learned so much. She saw other countries and grew up a bunch, through her travelling experience. I think the best thing she learned, is the USA is a great place to live. You should let your daughter go, it is time to let loose the apron strings. Take care.

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