Leaving Home At 8

About the Show

About the Show

Leaving Home At 8 explores the impact on both children and parents when children are sent away from the family home for the sake of their education. We follow the journey of four eight year-old children as they adjust to their new life away from their parents and their home. Each of their parents have decided that their child will be better off boarding in a private school, in this instance, Highfield, one of the top boarding schools in the UK. How do the mothers and children cope being separated from one another?


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Posted by LizeyReport
I agree with DaisyMae234 and Porkette. Personally, I think that if that one little girl April was lucky enough for her mother to be able to come on a Wednesday afternoon good for her. But if you take one of your child's room mates out you take all of them out. It wasn't fair that the twins couldn't have that opportunity and we saw how upset the twins were. We also saw how excited Lotty was to be able to leave the school (even if it was just for an hour).

Also I am not sure if the copping strategy for homesickness is good. “There is no magic cure. They just have to learn to cope with it,” I don't know if this is the right attitude. Other members at the boarding house seemed to be much more caring, but the deputy principle didn't! I just admit that the idea to keep the children busy was good. I realize it can be hard but limiting contact with parents seemed to be the way to go.

This program was very eye opening to the hardships faced at a boarding school. The program also seemed to focus on April the most, when it meant to be about all four girls! And I would have liked more about the life at school. I thought it was meant to be showing the girls for a year, when it seemed to be 6 months.
Posted by Shana4Report
I agree with DaisyMae234. Why have children if you're going to send them away from you at such an early age. There's definitely a cold, unloving and selfishness lingering within one. Oh, there you go, the ice cream mum just proved my point. Bless those kids and all that follow, may they not miss out on Love/Sharing/Caring