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. 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. 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. 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 good to give the details of your whereabouts. 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. 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. Giving an assurance to your child that you will be taking care of him while you are away is very important. 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. Remind the babysitter to be consistent and reasonable with every action.
By so doing, you will reduce the separation anxiety. Bedtime can be a bit stressful. Some of the harsh goodbyes that can do more harm than good include sneaking away, acting anxiously, prolonging the departure or even showing how guilt you are. 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. It is advisable to show the babysitter or whoever is taking care of the child that you trust her completely. Make your child that she is important to you by bring souvenirs to her and sharing your experiences with her.