Traveling Parent Tips
Separation of the parents from the kids has never been an easy thing. Regardless of whether it is for a weekend, for a month or longer than that, leaving your children alone is very difficult. Both the kid and the parent are affected. 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. Understand the ideal time to inform your child about your leaving. The age of the child and his temperament should guide you. 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. In some cases, you may be required to leave very urgently in such a way that you can’t give your child much notice.
It is also advisable to tell your child what you will be doing and how he or she can reach you. You should not forget to let the child know when you will return. You can just mark the date of departure and return dates on the colorful calendar. By use of location maps and photos, you can disclose to the child where you will be. 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. 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. 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. 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. Do not allow room for incessant calling or chatting as it can distract your attention from your traveling core duties. It is advisable to show the babysitter or whoever is taking care of the child that you trust her completely. Make your child that she is important to you by bring souvenirs to her and sharing your experiences with her.