Away from Home and Kids
Parents who have children may find it challenging whenever traveling for work or for a business trip. Regardless of whether it is for a weekend, for a month or longer than that, leaving your children alone is very difficult. It is not only challenging to the parent but also to the kids. Most of the times you can do nothing about it, but with the following tips, you can make those trips less stressful for your family. One of the key tips that you should be aware of is when to let the child know about your upcoming trip. Factor in your kid’s maturity levels and how he or she can handle the news before you just blatantly tell her. Preschoolers and toddlers don’t figure out the concept of time and even some lower primary kids find it hard to differentiate days from weeks. Therefore it is advisable to just tell them just a few days’ notice. Since older kids don’t rely much on their parents, they are less vulnerable to the traveling parents as compared to younger kids. You can have a plan in store so that you can engage your child in a way that she will not take it as just the last-minute thought you made.
It is good to give the details of your whereabouts. You should not forget to let the child know when you will return. For young kids, they may not figure out the months, weeks or days of the week as they appear on the calendar. You can show him or her where you will be by use of photos or maps. For the older kids, you can just tell them the name of the place you will be. It is crucial to assure your child that you will keep in touch and know their status while you are away. Make sure you discuss the place the child will stay when you are traveling. By just having a parent away alone is very difficult, so you should not dare make any additional alterations that might interrupt your kid’s life. Let the babysitter know what is expected of her when you are away.
You can also leave short surprise notes at easy-to-find places such as favorite shoe. Once the child watches the video tape, it can soothe her to have a good sleep. Some of the harsh goodbyes that can do more harm than good include sneaking away, acting anxiously, prolonging the departure or even showing how guilt you are. It is not good to limit communication over the phone, Skype or any video chat just for the purpose of keeping in touch and bonding as a family. However, you should not allow persistent calling or nagging as it can make it hard for you to attend to the responsibilities that took you away there. Ensure you trust whoever you left to handle situation at home. Make your child that she is important to you by bring souvenirs to her and sharing your experiences with her.