Traveling Parent Tips
Separation of the parents from the kids has never been an easy thing. The time factor does not really matter, what matters a lot is the fact that you are not close to each other. 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. The age of the child and his temperament should guide you. Some kids may not understand the date and time interval you communicate. 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. 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 also advisable to tell your child what you will be doing and how he or she can reach you. 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. 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. Older kids can find out from the internet or from the map by themselves. It is crucial to assure your child that you will keep in touch and know their status 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 short surprise notes at easy-to-find places such as favorite shoe. Once the child watches the video tape, it can soothe her to have a good sleep. 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 good to find out how your child is doing to ease your nerve as well as hers. It’s good to stay in touch but with limited access. 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.