Traveling Parent Tips
It is very difficult for parents who have kids to stay away from home without the kids. It does not depend much on the time you will be away from each other, but it is usually a challenging experience. 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. 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. 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 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. For young kids, they may not figure out the months, weeks or days of the week as they appear on the calendar. It would be great for the child to know where you will be and assure her that you will be safe. Older kids can find out from the internet or from the map by themselves. 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. Ensure that the kids keep to the normal routine as much as they do in other times. 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. 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. Ensure you trust whoever you left to handle situation at home. Make your child that she is important to you by bring souvenirs to her and sharing your experiences with her.