Not sure how many of you remember or know this, but for the first 7 years of my career, I was literally “up in the air” almost every other week. Being a consultant, traveling is part of the job, and I absolutely loved it! I practically lived out of a suitcase some months, and although that can be tiring, I just love exploring new cities, eating out, and not having to do dishes. 😉 When I had Austin, my amount of travel significantly decreased, but didn’t go away. Then a few years later, we moved to Utah so that we could be local to me and my husband’s client to prevent having to travel, but two weeks ago I had to travel to Miami. I was 2 time zones away from my kids, which proved difficult matching up schedules, Vivian got sick the first day so I needed to find babysitters the second day because Marvin had an important meeting that day… but we got through it. And I just have to say that I have the most amazing husband ever. So if you ever have to travel or be away from your kids for work, a blogging conference, or even just for a girl’s trip, here are…
7 Ways To Cope When A Parent Has To Travel For Work
- Explain to your child what will be happening. – This is quite possibly the most important tip. Please don’t think that you can sneak out without your kids noticing, they will keep asking where you are. Before I travel, I always give my kids advance notice so they know what to expect.
- Keep routines. – Ensure that the person watching your children still keeps all of the same routines. Even though one parent will be gone, it may be harder to keep things on track, but hopefully the one watching the kids can keep things as routine as possible.
- Connect via Facetime/Skype/Duo. Well since I am an iPhone user and my husband is an Android user, we weren’t able to easily just Facetime. We ended up using Duo, Google’s new video messaging app to see each other!
- Prepare frozen meals or make-ahead meals (for the parent staying at home). – Before the parent who is traveling leaves for their trip, try to make meal planning a ton easier for the parent at home. Prepare some frozen meals ahead of time, so that dinner time can just be heat and prep quick!
- Expect possible regression. – There may be setbacks in the routine, kids might get sick (which happened to me 2 weeks ago), so be prepared with babysitters on hand.
- Keep busy. – Making sure that the kids are busy, will help time go faster until the parent comes back home.
- Return with lots of love. – Whether you return from your trip with a present or lots of kisses, either way, give your children lots of love when you get back! They for sure will be so happy to see you! When I got back, I picked up the kids from daycare as a surprise and they squealed with delight! 🙂 It was the best feeling!
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Hair styled by Tanglez Hair and Makeup
Lipstick c/o The Red Closet Diary (Lipsense)
Photography by Paige Nicolle Photo
Shop the post:
Do you have any other tips for helping children (or spouses) cope when a parent has to travel for work?
this outfit is absolutely stunning, sandy!! you look beautiful. and such great tips! It’s SO hard when me or my husband have to travel and be away!
I love this blazer/clutch combo! You look stunning!
xx Sam | The Heart of the House
Loving this outfit babe! Great tips XX, Donna
so obsessed with your jump suit!
I love Tip #1 and 3!! I’ve found that when I can explain things to my kids so they know exactly what’s happening that it helps so much for both them and me. I also think Facetime has made being away from your kids easier! Thanks for sharing!
xx – anna
This is so inspiring! I am definitely going to to bookmark this for when I have kids! Thanks for sharing!
Here’s The Skinny
First of all, I adore that jumpsuit on you! It’s so chic. And that braid is all of the goals. I don’t have kids, but I can imagine how difficult it must be to have to be away from them so much for work. You handle it with grace! These are some great tips that I will keep in mind in the future.
A Sparkle Factor
Lots of great tips! This is my most favorite look on you and your hair! Fab!
I have yet to experience this since I don’t have kiddos, but I can only imagine how hard it must be for those that travel a lot. My company is all about travel so I know it’s hard for a lot of people who DO have families! xx Adaleta Avdic
love the tips, i used to travel a lot but not so much! love this chic and so so stylish outfit!
This jumpsuit is amazing! The lace edges are just so swoon-worthy. And I can’t get over your gorgeous braid – so thick, so beautiful!!
Sandy, I have to eventually find a long jumpsuit for me to wear.. I love this style so much! Gorgeous lace, cream, so ramantic and pretty , especially with the floral clutch, You look amazing!
Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
Such great tips! I’ll remember them when I become a Mom, for sure!
P.S. You look lovely!
Your nails… that bag… THOSE SHOES! Everything. This outfit = perfection. LOVE IT! It’s hard to spend so much time away from family–amazing tips, thanks for sharing <3
Hope you are having a great weekend… I'm stopping in today from SITS Sharefest! XO
We manage holiday homes and apartments for rent for people on holiday, like using Airbnb, in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.holiday apartments melbourne
Hi, We manage holiday homes and apartments for rent for people on holiday, like using Airbnb, in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.vacation rentals sydney
We manage holiday homes and apartments for rent for people on holiday, like using Airbnb, in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.vacation rentals sydney
It is good to have most of these articles around to maintain the regular flow of information. Help people that no one cruise rentals could do it later, good work! This is so helpful! Help people that no one could do it later, good work.catamaran hire greece
I preferred to send you this truly little statement to assist issues many thanks over again over the pleasing techniques you have looked at on this net web website. This remains to be to remain to be in fact very kind of you to make absolutely specifically what an alternate individual can have developed.Eco Friendly Promotional Products
You kept your cool in such a scary situation even though you were scared from inside! Travelling alone teaches us a lot. I did a lot of it too and thankfully never faced such a thing.pakistan tour packages 2022
Fantastic post! Please keep sharing. I know of a roofing company if you are looking for Game Please get in touch! Thanks, have a good day. cape verde holiday
I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and instructive. It is very informative and helpful to me. I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. I want to say thanks to the writer for sharing us.การ์ดแต่งงาน
Getting via the airport protection is probably the maximum time-eating and traumatic part of the air tour system. It makes sense to be organized well before you get in line. Know the hacks a good way to assist sail via the safety gate.hualien restaurants
Traveling can open your eyes to new cultures and perspectives, and give you a more complete understanding of the world around you. It can also be a great way to make new friends and experiences unique to you. Whether you’re looking to explore an exotic locale or simply take a quick trip to a nearby city, travel can be a fun and rewarding experience.Marrakech to fes desert tour
Its easy to read, the content is good, and youre an educated writer unlike most of the blogs I come across when searching on this topic. I will check back in the future and see if you have more articles. Thanks for posting this, I appreciate the information and the effort you put into your site.Custom tour Morocco Fès Marrakech
I completely agree with you! Planning is a crucial aspect if you want to have the best possible vacation experience. Whether you are traveling to a new country or exploring your own city, having a clear plan can help you make the most of your time and ensure that you don’t miss out on any important activities or attractions.travel
Travel inevitably involves facing various challenges, such as navigating unfamiliar territories, overcoming language barriers, or adapting to unexpected situations. These hurdles require problem-solving skills and flexible thinking, which can stimulate creative problem-solving abilities.visiting Peru