So if you’ve got to go, here are some tips to make it easier for everyone:
1. Stay in touch.
Call. Send emails. Take pictures and post them for your kids to see. Use videoconferencing. It can be reassuring for your kids to know where you are and what you’re doing.
2. Promise you’ll bring them back something.
Ah, bribery. Besides the promise of a reward, anticipating a little goodie bag can help ease the pain of separation and give your kids a connection with the place you’re visiting.
3. Make things as normal as possible.
How much of their routine can you participate in while you’re gone? Some parents pre-record themselves reading a bedtime story if they’re travelling in different time zones. Would your kids appreciate a call home before they leave for school for the day?
4. Create family time when you get back.
Once you return from your trip, setting aside some family time can help things return to normal.
5. Make a family vacation of your trip if you can.
While you’re sitting in a meeting, everybody else can sightsee, and you’ll be the one who feels like she’s missing out! But even if it’s a working trip, you and your family can probably squeeze in some time together. If not, another option is to save your frequent flier miles from your business trips and use them for family vacations.