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What to Do When a Parent Has to Travel for Work

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. The feeling of the kid being left by the parent is mutual. This article will talk about how you can prudently handle this situation for the good of both of you. It is quite important to know the right moment to break the news to your child about leaving. 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. 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. In some cases, you may be required to leave very urgently in such a way that you can’t give your child much notice.

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. 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. For the older kids, you can just tell them the name of the place you will be. 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. Let the babysitter know what is expected of her when you are away.

You can also leave short surprise notes at easy-to-find places such as favorite shoe. Bedtime can be a bit stressful. You should avoid tough goodbyes as much as possible. It is good to find out how your child is doing to ease your nerve as well as hers. 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. Make your child that she is important to you by bring souvenirs to her and sharing your experiences with her.