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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. 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. 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. Younger kids don’t really understand time intervals. 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. However, once you realize that you have to leave instantly, ensure that you let your child know immediately and stay as calm as possible.
It is good to give the details of your whereabouts. The child should most importantly know when you will be back. 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. Old kids can research from the book or internet where 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. 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.
By so doing, you will reduce the separation anxiety. Bedtime can be a bit stressful. 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 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. 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.