I don’t travel away from my family that often, but it happens a few times a year. It’s usually a great opportunity for me to get a bit of a break and focus on myself. But whether it’s the first time you’ve traveled without your kids or the hundredth, it can be challenging! And any travel away from toddler and preschool age kids is the hardest for me!
Travel Away From Toddler: Tips to Make It Easier!
Since it can be emotionally challenging, I’ve got a few tips from the last time I traveled without the kids that have helped make things go a bit smoother! Travel away from toddler and young kids can be a great break for busy parents, so don’t count it out! But I would probably keep the trip short! I can’t stand to be away from them for too long!
Don’t be afraid to tell your kids that you’ll be traveling. Don’t tell me them too far ahead of time but don’t wait until the last minute either. The last time I traveled, I waited until the night before to tell Weston. Together we laid in bed as he went on and on about how he didn’t want me to go. I really hadn’t given him enough time to prepare himself. But if I tell him too early, then he just goes on and on about it for weeks. So definitely be sure to tell them and don’t just disappear.
Waking up in the morning to a missing parent isn’t fun for anyone, I don’t think!
Listen to Them
After you tell your child that you’re going to be away, they might not handle it well. They might have concerns or worries. One thing I really think is important is that you don’t downplay those concerns. It’s so easy to say “Don’t cry,” “There’s nothing to worry about,” or “Everything will be okay,” when we’re trying to comfort our kids.
But it also downplays their feelings. I’m all about letting my kids express how they feel and trying to support them. So just listen to their thoughts and remind them that they are loved and supported.
Limit Checking In
The last time I traveled without the kids, I couldn’t wait to get back to my hotel room so I could check in with my family with a little video chat. It ended up being a conversation that confused Carrigan and upset Weston. She didn’t seem to understand why I was a face on a tablet and he just wanted me to be at home.
That made me step back and think about the impact that checking in a lot had on my family. If you have younger kids, I would suggest limiting how often you check in when traveling. If it upsets your kids, then skip it! It just creates more for the person caring for the kids to deal with.
So now I do more texting with Justin when I’m gone and less video chatting. I think it works better for all of us!
You know your family best, so do what you can to make the transition when you travel away from the kids easier and then try and enjoy yourself while you’re traveling! Even if it includes travel away from toddler or preschool age kids!
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