My mom had to send me away for health reasons the first time when I was 5. I was gone for 10 weeks. After that I went to summer camp every year for 2 weeks, and when I was 16 I went to live with a host family in the U.S. for a year (I’m German). My brother also was an exchange student in the U.S.Don’t know how she did it, but I think she was very brave doing what was best for us, and we both benefitted immensely from those lessons of independence. I’ll always be grateful to my parents for putting up the courage and money to give us that opportunity!