My French partner's son spent alternate weeks with his mum and with us until two years ago when he finally moved into a place of his own. He still occasionally joins us on holiday, sometimes inviting himself, which my partner doesn't mind. He's 27 years old and single. His 18 year old daughter still spends alternate weeks with us and always joins us on holiday wherever we go. My gripe is that we never seem to get more than a couple of days away together very occasionally. Is this a French way of life or is it me being unreasonable? In my experience in England, teenagers wouldn't want to be seen on holiday with their parents, preferring to do their own thing from about 16 years of age. I've tried reasoning with my partner, but have to tread carefully because I don't want to make things awkward for him, but I'm beginning to think that they'll always be tied to the "apron strings"! Does anyone else have similar experiences? I don't have any children myself. I get on with his kids generally, but they still seem a bit aloof even though I've lived here almost 4 years now.