Before you had kids, traveling for work was kind of fun. You kept your [url=https://www.popovleather.com/collections/passport-covers]passport[/url] on hand and enjoyed saying things like “I’ll be in Tokyo next week.” But when you have kids, the thrill of traveling is undercut with guilt at leaving them behind. You still enjoy what you do, but it’s hard to miss your son’s first steps, or to feel like you’re not connected to them even when you come home. So how do you stay connected to your kids when you’re not physically there? This quick guide will help!
When we were kids, traveling meant a complete disconnect. But that’s not how it is anymore. With the invention of things like Skype and FaceTime, you can have real-time, face-to-face conversations with your kids even when you’re thousands of miles away. Try having a video call with your kids at least once a day to stay connected when you’re away from home. Even if your kid is still a baby, seeing your face every day will ensure they know who you are when you get home. And with older kids, daily video calls are an important way to show them that they remain your priority.
Record Bedtime Stories
One thing that parents who travel often miss is putting their kids to bed. But apps like [url=https://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/01/23/caribu-bedtime-reading-app-youre-away-kids/]Caribu[/url] allow you to read a bedtime story with your kid even when you’re not there. It shows your kids both the pictures and your face, and when you point to something in the story on your end, it lights up on your kid’s end so that they can see what you’re pointing out. Since studies show the [url=https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/parent-child/importance-reading-bedtime-stories-to-big-kids.html]importance of reading with your kids[/url] to promote reading skills and increase the parent-child bond, this is a truly innovative app.
Help Your Kids Visualize Your Travels
Kids want to stay connected with their parents. You can help them by using a big calendar to show them when you’re leaving—and, more importantly, when you’ll big back. Your spouse can help them mark off the days you’re gone on the calendar, which can help them with the separation time and also help them learn that, while you do have to leave, you’ll always come back.
You can also get either a magnetic map or a whiteboard map and physically show your children where you’re going to be. Talk to them about the places you go and the things you see when you get there to help them feel like they’re on the journey with you. You can also take pictures or buy postcards when you’re gone so that your kids have nice souvenirs of your travels.
Spend Quality Time When You’re Home
Another important way to stay connected to your kids is to make the most of the time when you are home. Sure, you’re working when you’re gone, so it can be tempting to want to come home and relax. But from you’re kids’ perspective, they’ve missed out on time while you were gone, so when you’re home, they should be your responsibility. Do your TV-watching or book-reading at night on your work days so that when you’re home, you can enjoy getting out and having fun with your kids.
Being away from your kids during the week can be hard. But it doesn’t have to doom your relationship or force you to miss out on your kids’ milestones. By prioritizing staying connected to your family, you can have the father-child relationship you’ve always wanted to have with your kids, even when you spend time far away from them.