Away from Home and Kids
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. 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. 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. For the older kids and teens, you can tell them at least three or four days before since they are more independent. 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. The child should most importantly know when you will be back. Then you can teach him to cross out one day every day that passes and that the last day marked on the calendar is when you will be coming back. 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. It is crucial to assure your child that you will keep in touch and know their status while you are away. You can also further let them know where they will stay for the time you will be away. 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 short surprise notes at easy-to-find places such as favorite shoe. 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. Do not allow room for incessant calling or chatting as it can distract your attention from your traveling core duties. Ensure you trust whoever you left to handle situation at home. Creating time for you and your kid is crucial as you make her feel good and loved.