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What to Do When a Parent Has to Travel for Work

It is very difficult for parents who have kids to stay away from home without the kids. 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. 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. Younger kids don’t really understand time intervals. 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. Older kids are much more understanding, so you can break the news to them anytime. 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. 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. It is good to find out where the child would like to stay when you are away and make sure you agree with her in good terms. Ensure that the kids keep to the normal routine as much as they do in other times. Let the babysitter know what is expected of her when you are away.

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. You should avoid tough goodbyes as much as possible. 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. It’s good to stay in touch but with limited access. It is advisable to show the babysitter or whoever is taking care of the child that you trust her completely. On arriving from the trip, bring along something for your child as well as spend some time together giving hugs, kisses’ and catching up.

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