Only, now, it won't be my first time away from my daughter. She's managing to get away from me first! Tonight, she's going on a camp-out at her day camp, which puts on a few of these over the summer. She's been wanting to go, and presented a sound argument why she should go. My husband had concerns, though, but after talking about the camp-out with the camp officials felt better about it.
However, we made our daughter show that she was grown-up enough to go. We used the camp-out as a reward to motivate her enough to stop some problem behaviors she was having this summer. It worked like a charm! Our daughter's behavior improved a million times over! This was something she really wanted, and she worked really hard to be sure she was going!
She's excited, but my husband and I are nervous wrecks. The house is going to seem so weird without her around tonight!