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How to stay connected with your child while you’re on business travel

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Achieving a balance between working and parenting is challenging, especially when you’re traveling for business. It’s challenging to strike a work-life balance. Although you want to prioritize your family life, maintaining your career is also important and demanding. As a parent you may even find yourself spending a lot of time traveling for your business, which is hard on everyone – especially your children. While you can’t negate this impact on your family, there are some things you can do to make this experience easier.

Leave behind things that remind you of your child

One of the best ways to show your child you care is by leaving behind a few little surprises for them to find while you’re gone. This could be as simple as a thoughtful note or a delicious treat that’s tucked away in your pantry. These small gestures will brighten their day because it does make a big difference for them to feel your presence, even in a small way, while you’re away.

Make regular contact by video or telephone

Don’t forget to call your child and your spouse daily. This lets your child hear your voice and gives them a chance to share their day and any concerns with you. Parents suggest getting creative with the way you communicate here. Besides the phone, give Skype, FaceTime, or another video chat app a try. This is a fun and easy way to keep in touch. You could even play a game or watch a TV show together this way.

It’s important to realize that you don’t have to do this just once a day either. You can send bite-sized communications frequently throughout the day. Whether you send a quick text, share a photo, or shoot off a short email you can break up the day and stay connected with your family much better than simply spending an hour on the phone with them each night.

There are also some who say that while it’s important to connect, you shouldn’t do so too often. They say that by calling too often you could make the separation harder for your kids and frustrate your spouse. At the same time, they say this can also make it harder for you to tend to your work duties since you’re not as focused, and if your kids can contact you at any time, you’ll probably receive calls for every little thing.

It’s up to you to decide what works best for your family, but don’t completely forget about them while you’re away. Doing so won’t help anyone.

Balance your business travel and family

 Just because you’re away doesn’t mean your kids shouldn’t stay on their schedule. By keeping them on their schedule you’ll prevent or lessen tantrums – happier kids make you happier too. There’s already enough disruption in their life when you’re away so consistency in other areas is key here. Keep the meal times, bedtimes, and wake up times the same. Staying connected, even with your small business phone system, is important. Do your best to talk to your spouse about what’s going on at home. It helps the family stay connected.

Leave contact information about your travel

 Make sure you tell your child when you’re traveling, where you’re going, what you’ll be doing, how he can contact you, and when you’ll return. For young kids, you should mark your departure and return dates on a colorful calendar so they can cross out one day each morning when they wake up. This will help your child understand when you’ll be gone. You can also help them understand where you’ll be by showing them photos, pointing out the location on a map, or helping your older kids do some online research. Make sure they know who’s in charge while you’re gone – especially if they’ll need to stay somewhere else, like at Grandma’s house.

Virtue Digest reminds us of the importance of leaving behind contact information for everyone who’s looking after your children while you’re away. Create a list of phone numbers and email addresses of important contacts (e.g. your spouse, other family members, close friends, neighbors) in case of an emergency. Make sure you also take a copy of this with you in case you need them while you’re away.

Routine is key – Schedule your work

It’s true that little can hurt your child’s feelings more than when you fail to fulfill your promises. This is why Aries Residence Suites says that if you promise to communicate with your child at a certain time, arrive home on a certain date, or bring back souvenirs with you, make sure you keep those promises. Don’t set your child’s expectations so high that you can’t follow through on your word.

At the same time, you also want to do your best to keep things at home as close to normal as possible. It’s difficult enough when you’re away on a business trip so try not to make any other changes that will disrupt your child’s life while you’re away. When your child must stay with someone other than your spouse, make sure you leave detailed instructions on bedtimes, feeding schedules, who needs to be where when, and any other necessary information so things remain consistent while you’re gone. By creating a schedule that your caretaker can easily and strictly follow you’ll ensure greater success here. Mile Gasi says you need to make sure that the schedule you create is one that can be understood easily.

Make your child feel special with new gifts

Arrive home with a present. 30 Seconds to Fly says this is a great way to show your children you love and miss them while gone. However, they also warn that you have to watch out for any negative effects from doing so. This is because your child may think you feel guilty about traveling and so they’ll grow resentful of you doing so. It can also make you look like the “exciting parent,” while your spouse doesn’t get enough credit for helping when you’re away. For this reason, any time you bring a gift you should make sure that it’s a small, simple gift like a stuffed animal, sticker, book, or t-shirt that’s specific to the area you visited.

About Mila Jones

Mila Jones is a Senior Business Consultant, with rich experience in the domains of technology consulting and strategy, she works with both established technology brands and market entrants to offer research inputs and insights on leveraging technology as a source of strategic competitive advantage. She is a prolific author and shares her expertise with tech enthusiasts on popular digital publishing platforms.

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