Away from Home and Kids
Parents who have children may find it challenging whenever traveling for work or for a business trip. It does not depend much on the time you will be away from each other, but it is usually a challenging experience. The feeling of the kid being left by the parent is mutual. 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. It is very important to consider your kid’s age and maturity level. 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. Since most young children tend to be extremely anxious about their parents leaving, it is advisable to reduce the span of time you make them aware of your leaving so that the length of time to worry will be greatly reduced. For the older kids and teens, you can tell them at least three or four days before since they are more independent. 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 also advisable to tell your child what you will be doing and how he or she can reach you. One of the most sensitive information that you should not forget at all cost is letting your kid know when you will come back home. You can just mark the date of departure and return dates on the colorful 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. Kids like to be promised if they will be in safe hands while you are away. You can also further let them know where they will stay for the time you will be away. Ensure that the kids keep to the normal routine as much as they do in other times. Remind the babysitter to be consistent and reasonable with every action.
By so doing, you will reduce the separation anxiety. You can consider videotaping yourself as you read a goodnight message to the child so that the kid can always play the video before drifting into sleep. It is better to part with the child by giving them a hug and a kiss and saying nice words how you can’t wait seeing them again. It is good to find out how your child is doing to ease your nerve as well as hers. Do not allow room for incessant calling or chatting as it can distract your attention from your traveling core duties. 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.