Going on a trip and leaving the kids

United States
October 23, 2007 9:49am CST
I'm going on a work-related trip and I have to leave my four-year-old and one-year-old for four days. Any suggestions on how to make it easier for them? For me? I know they'll be in good hands with grandparents and Daddy...
3 responses
@blueunicorn (2410)
• United States
26 Oct 07
When my husband used to go out of town he would make a calendar for the days he would be away. Each night when he would call to say good-night to the girls I would help the girls mark the day off on the calendar. That way the kids have a visual way to keep track of when you will be back. I would also maybe give them a little treat at the same time the calendar is marked off. Maybe a small piece of candy or a tiny toy (like a matchbox car). Another thing that I would do with the girls when my husband was gone was to do fun things with them that we usually wouldn't have done. One night we rented a movie, made a "nest" for a bed downstairs with pillows and blankets, and had ice cream, popcorn, and chips for dinner. The girls forgot that they were missing Daddy that night!
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• United States
26 Oct 07
Great ideas! I particularly like the calendar idea. My son will be really into that.
@malcido (422)
• United States
23 Oct 07
I have not left my children very much, but here are several things that I do when I must be away for a few days at a time. Firstly, spending a bit of time doing fun things with them before is a great idea! I also try to prepare a couple of meals that I know they all enjoy. My husband is very capable of cooking for himself and the children, but he is not used to being alone with them for more than a few hours. It's a nice treat for them to get a favorite meal prepared by mom and it's a treat for daddy to have dinner mostly ready. Our job can be a little overwhelming at times!
• United States
25 Oct 07
Overwhelming, ain't that the truth! I think I'm going to have to prepare meals ahead of time simply because my son is so difficult to cook for with all his allergies.
• United States
23 Oct 07
I would make a special day. It would be good for your kids and you to spend a day together before you leave. Maybe take them to lunch and the park. Or you could take them to the store to buy a special toy for when your gone. I would also give them each a picture of you. Then when they miss you they can look at your picture. And of course lots of hugs and kisses for them. Hope you have a safe trip!
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• United States
23 Oct 07
I love the picture idea! That's great! Thanks!
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