Working moms who have to travel for business can reduce stress by planning ahead.
This is a guest post by Paul Smith:
Your child might be very, very upset about it. And it’s a big mistake to treat this like a whim – for a child’s psychic it’s a big stress when mom leaves, as she is the center of his little universe. Being a working mom is not an easy job. It’s up to mom to set priorities and be flexible not to let any side of your life suffer. But it’s even more difficult now, when building a successful career nearly always is connected with business trips. Even your kid is already a teenager, these trips can become a background for future misunderstanding. So, here are some tips to help you both make it easier:
Prepare beforehand. Talk to your kid to explain why you leave, for how long, and what you’ll be doing there. Don’t be that serious. Mark on the calendar the date of your departure and day when you come back to make it visible to your child.
Turn your set-off into the game. Pack things together, talk about the city you’re leaving for. It would be good if your kid can see you off in the airport. Bring something interesting to the child, especially if you visit another country, make pictures. Besides the kind of ritual, these things can provoke the interest in other countries and cultures.
Hire the caregiver responsibly. This must be the person whom the child knows and who has already stayed with him in the past. You’ve got to make sure that yo child feels comfortable when this person is around. Give the caregiver all your contacts to be available if something goes wrong. If possible, leave the contacts of some of your relatives from the hometown, so, if the child fell ill or start to misbehave, someone could come to cheer him up.
Stay in touch. With modern means of communication, there’s no things easier. Send several text messages a day to show your child that, even if mom’s away, she loves him and takes care. Also, in the evening you can talk via video conference or even read stories and play!
Plan the entertainment. If your infant is not used to your need to travel, try to draw his attention by planning the outdoors activities or simply something that he/she likes. If you’re single, arrange the caregiver and plan going to the cinema, amusement park. Or let your child to invite friends for a pajama party. And when you come back, you both will have many impressions and the child won’t have a feeling that he missed something and mom had fun without him.
Of course, most children are worried and uneasy when mom is away. But if you plan everything right, your departure won’t become a tragedy. So, if he or she has behaved well, reward him with something he loves.
About the author: Paul Smith is a staff writer of Ask Essay, who enjoys writing on various topics. His special interests are business and family.