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Can you clarify - what is the current contact arrangement with their father, is there a court order in place and how much time does he have with them?
What are you proposing to leave them with him for a week? Is it just a week away you are looking for at this stage?
Does the order provide for him to have extended holiday contact or for amendment to the overall plan in the order to be made by agreement between you?
OK. You can't simply leave them without his consent. Particularly if the court order does not provide for this.
Do you have other family members that might have the children for a week so you can take a break?
It doesn't place you in a weaker position if he is not looking to have more time with the children, which it very much sounds like he is not.
In my view you just have to be firm about the week that you will be away.
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It doesn't leave you anywhere legally other than appearing as you are - exhausted, at your wits end and trying to get something out of their father. He is not seeking full custody so it doesn't generally undermine your position, except in so far as the fact you are doing this without consent and NOW rather than applying to court for the arrangement to be dealt with does not suggest a child focussed approach.