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. 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. 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. Hence, you can tell the child within a few time span. 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. 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. 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. Old kids can research from the book or internet where you will be. Giving an assurance to your child that you will be taking care of him while you are away is very important. You can also further let them know where they will stay for the time you will be away. 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. Bedtime can be a bit stressful. You should avoid tough goodbyes as much as possible. Daily check-in and chats can make your child less stressful and also giving her time to voice her concerns if any and discuss. 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. Make sure you believe the person you entrusted the care of the child to. On arriving from the trip, bring along something for your child as well as spend some time together giving hugs, kisses’ and catching up.