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Old 10-03-2009, 03:38 PM
 
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I wouldn't have minded at all if my parents sent me to a boarding school.
Like many of the posters have said, it depends on the individual.
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Old 10-03-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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I went to boarding school for 2 years when I was 14. I hated it. I felt that I was shipped out (single mum, 5 kids, I was the youngest). But because my sister wouldnt go, i was choosen to go.
The food was terrible ; I never had a dinner in 2 years it was so bad. Study ; that was a joke. I would have studied more at home.

I felt that it made me become too independent too young. I was definately not rich ; the opposite.

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Old 10-03-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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I wouldn't have minded at all if my parents sent me to a boarding school.
Like many of the posters have said, it depends on the individual.

Me neither. I liked summer camp, which was 7-8 wks long. In fact, I loved it. I am always confused by parents getting upset about other parents sending kids to long summer camps like that - I had the time of my life - swim team, waterskiing, gymnastics, horseback riding, tennis, sailing....

When my parents split up and my mom was having a rough go at finding places for us to live and schools that would be OK compared with the very expensive private school I would no longer be attending due to money disputes, she considered trying to work out a way to send me to a boarding school in Dobbs Ferry. I think it was The Masters School? She had a friend who had two daughters there; one was one year older than me. I think a big reason I did not go is because of the money issue.
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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I would think that is about the worst thing somebody could do their child. Talk about making them feel unwanted. I don't know why a parent would do such a thing.

Oh, not at all! I loved going away to school. It was probably one of the best things about my teen years altogether.
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:49 PM
 
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I went to a college program in the summer before 11th grade at Boston University. One of the boys that was in my program was telling us that he was home for a week from his boarding school before he was shipped off to BU. He resented his parents and questioned why they had kids if they didn't want to raise them. He was very independent, but I would think that it would really suck to feel that way about your parents.

Thing is, though, the issue is his relationship with his parents, not that he went away to school. He could have lived home year 'round and still hated his parents.

Most of my classmates had pretty decent family situations. The whole "poor little unloved rich girl" thing is a tired stereotype.

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I never had a dinner in 2 years it was so bad. Study ; that was a joke. I would have studied more at home.
I'll grant the lousy food-- I could go the rest of my life without ever seeing a New England Boiled Dinner. We used to sneak out to Friendly's or Brigham's. But the studying...man, I studied easily two or three hours a night, which is probably more than I did in my entire (public school) junior high career.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:04 PM
 
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I would think that is about the worst thing somebody could do their child. Talk about making them feel unwanted. I don't know why a parent would do such a thing.
At the elementary level, I agree - though I'll note that any elementary aged kid whose parents would send him/her to boarding school is almost certainly better off there.

At the high school level, I disagree.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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Most of my classmates had pretty decent family situations. The whole "poor little unloved rich girl" thing is a tired stereotype.
Amen to that. My kids go to a private school (not boarding) and I hear all the time about how all the rich kids there are all on drugs and are neglected by their parents. Of all the kids my kids know, I would say there is ONE who falls into that category.

As for boarding school I think that it is like most things. It's not for everyone, but works well for others. I think my oldest would love boarding school, but I would miss him. I think my middle would hate boarding school. My youngest is only 10.

My husband's cousin went to boarding school. He loved it and talks fondly of his years there. He had a great relationship with his parents and he is a lawyer in his own practice in the Philadelphia area. He is not sending his son there though because his wife would miss him to much.
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:30 PM
 
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We used to sneak out to Friendly's or Brigham's.
Ah Brigham's! I know in which region of the country you attended school. I loved their butterscotch sundaes and hot chocolate with whipped cream.
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Old 10-05-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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Ah Brigham's! I know in which region of the country you attended school. I loved their butterscotch sundaes and hot chocolate with whipped cream.

LOL! Yeah, there are a few boarding schools in the metro Boston area. They've changed a bit, though; for one thing, mine had just gone co-ed when I started.

Mmmm...butterscotch sundaes...
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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I lived in Arlington and Boston (near Berklee) when I was in HS. I worked afterschool at Harvard and went to HS on Mt Auburn St so I always had access to a Brighams!
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