Traveling for work can be a fun experience for many people. You get to see new sights, enjoy new food, and have the time of your life going to new places. Sometimes traveling for work can be difficult though. This typically happens when parents have to travel for work.
Today we’re going to share some tips for parents out there who have to travel frequently for work. These tips will help you be more present with your family when you’re home and remain connected no matter how often you travel for work.
Share Virtual Meals
While you’re traveling plan to have a virtual meal with your family at least once or twice a week. If you plan to be gone a long time then yes, by all means plan for more virtual family meals together. This can be aligned with your schedule and your significant others schedule so that you never miss a virtual meal while you’re traveling for work again
Use a Map
Get out the old school paper maps and have the kids keep track of where the working parent who travels is going. This is a fun way for the kids and traveling parent to bond during times when they’re traveling for work. You can use an old paper map and some markers to show the kids where the parent is so they can keep track, thus virtually traveling with their other parent.
Schedule Family Time
We mentioned having a virtual dinner, well why not schedule virtual family time, too!? This is a great way to chat about how your kids are feeling and what’s going on at home during the times you’re traveling for work. You can schedule a nightly check-in or an every other day check-in where you chat, play virtual games, and so forth with your family.
Lastly, you can have your kids follow along as you leave meetings or head to work each day. They can use Duo or Facetime, Skype or some other form of video meeting software to follow you to and from work each day. This will help your kids feel connected and ensure your bond stays strong as you travel for work to make money to support your family.
Being a working parent is hard enough without having a job that requires travel. That’s why we wanted to share some tips today to help you stay connected with your kids when you must travel away from home for work.
We hope that you’ll use these tips to survive all of the times you’re away for work and your kids are home with their other parent connecting with you from afar.