Dear OP, I was in same situation few months back. I had to travel abroad as part of my job. Initially I was reluctant to do that as I have a 5 year old kid. DH encouraged me to go with the opportunity as he thought it would be a good exposure to me and suggested that if my work demands me to be there for long, he will join me after my kid's academic year is completed. My parents did not approve of it as they believed it would affect the child. I even did a trail run, by sending my daughter to my parent's house for 2 weeks to see how she manages. Kids adapt quickly. Things worked out well. My in-laws had no opinion. They were ok with whatever we decided. Hence I travelled. My husband's job demands him to be in office for long hours. My mom and my MIL took turns to stay with my DH and our DD. Initial 3 months were fine. Parallely, I had started processing their visas so that after the academic year, they can join me. But things became hard after that. My MIL who was highly diabetic had to be hospitalized for few weeks. My grandma had an operation same time, so my mom had to be with her. This left my DH and DD alone. initially he arranged a maid who would take care of DD after her school till he arrives from office. He used to get up early, cook for the day, make DD ready for school, make her do homework, play with her etc. I had to wait for 1.5 more months for them to join me. He tried his best but could not continue the routine for long. Though he did not complain, I knew he was frustrated and drained. I gave a heads up to my managers saying that I might have to travel back. Finally one day, DH called and said he is very low and wants me to come back as soon as possible. It was like, forget 1.5 months, they can't even stay 1 week alone. I booked my tickets back. There was lots of escalations in office for my travel back suddenly. I don't blame them as it was me who accepted the offer and leaving it in half way. I feel guilty too doing it. But when I landed back, I could see the relief in my DH's face. They managed for 5 months without me.