>> Mar 8, 2012
Going away on business can be extremely hard on a young family, making it difficult to spend quality time with your little ones as they go through some of the most important years of their life. However, there are things that you can do to make it easier on everyone, especially your kids. It will just take a little extra effort to ensure that your business trips don’t leave your kids feeling like they only have one parent. The following are some of the best ways to make your time away on business much easier on your little ones.
Call as Often as You CanYour kids are going to miss you, so make sure that you call home as often as you can and have at least a little bit of quality time on the phone with them. This will make life way easier on your partner too, as there is no doubt he or she will be fielding constant questions about where you are and when you’ll next be calling.
Send GiftsKids love gifts, so have them feeling excited about your business trip by picking up little gifts for them along the way. If you are going to be away for more than a few days it’s a good idea to send your gifts home, as they will lose their minds with excitement when they get a package from you from overseas.
Give Them a Copy of Your Business CardA great way to have your kids feel better about you being away on business is to give them one of your business cards so that they can call you if they feel like they need to. Make sure you have your home phone marked on call display so you don’t miss them if they actually do call, and you’ll have them feeling extra special about being able to call you on the other side of the world on your important business trip. Business card printing is quite inexpensive, so next time you are getting cards made up at your local printing services shop, get an extra card or two done and have your kid feeling special with their very own copy of your card. They may not even call you, but they will most definitely feel much better knowing that they can call, text or email you if they need to.
Have Your Friends Visit ThemHaving some of your mates drop by to say hey to your kids is a great way to help your kids get through some time away from you. Your kids will be excited to have some adults willing to play with them, and because they will associate your friends with you, it will help them get through a tough stretch of time without you.
Explain to Them What You Are DoingIf your kids are old enough, tell them a bit about what it is that you are going to be doing on your business trip, as this will help them gain a better understanding of why it is you have to go, and also that you will be coming back. The sooner you treat your kids like little adults, the sooner they will be able to easily handle things like you having to be away.
It’s kind of a big deal for your kids when you have to be away on business, so make it easier on the whole family by doing a few thoughtful things and ensuring your time away on business is less of a trauma for them.