Traveling Parent Tips
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. The feeling of the kid being left by the parent is mutual. Since there is very little you can do about it, the tips below can help the experience be less inconveniencing. 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. 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.
Ensure the child knows when you are leaving and where you will be going. You should not forget to let the child know when you will return. 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.
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. 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. 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.