Traveling Parent Tips
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. 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. It is quite important to know the right moment to break the news to your child about leaving. 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. Hence, you can tell the child within a few time span. 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 good to give the details of your whereabouts. You should not forget to let the child know when you will return. Then you can teach him to cross out one day every day that passes and that the last day marked on the calendar is when you will be coming back. You can show him or her where you will be by use of photos or maps. Older kids can find out from the internet or from the map by themselves. Giving an assurance to your child that you will be taking care of him while you are away is very important. Make sure you discuss the place the child will stay when you are traveling. The normal routine of the child should be adhered to and not changed as it can disrupt the kid’s life. If you are privileged to have a babysitter, let her know the instructions and the feeding schedules that should be followed strictly.
You can also leave something behind like a t-shirt or a toy for the child to remember about you. Bedtime can be a bit stressful. 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.