Business Travel as a Single Parent: How to Make it Work

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Professionals daily deal with the struggle of managing how to handle leaving their child when they need to go out of town for business. This can be a struggle because most times traveling for business lasts more than one day and being away from your children can be hard.

Business trips aren’t usually kid-friendly so you can’t really bring your children with you.

These trips become the most important thing in parent’s lives and the majority of the time there aren’t any ways around it.

Frequent travel can be hard on relationships, especially those between parent and child.  There are ways that you can manage this, from comforting and letting go to the extent of getting a home nanny or babysitter.

Let your children know what going on

Make sure that your children understand what is to happen.

They should know as much detail as possible to make sure they aren’t wondering too much about you. Some children can get depressed or angry when they don’t understand why their parents are leaving.

So try to explain what it is you will be doing, where you will be going and for how long. This will lessen the tension when its time to leave.

You must also take into consideration that letting them know last minute may make it harder for them to adjust to you being away for however long.

Give them and yourself at least 3 days notice so it is more comfortable for them to talk about you leaving. It’s good to physically show them where you will be going through photos or maps and assure them you will be fine and they will too.

Hire assistants to help them stick to a routine while you’re gone

Hiring a nanny or a baby sitter can be the most stressful part of leaving for a business trip.

Sometimes family members or friends are available to look after your kids while you’re gone and sometimes they aren’t.

Making sure there is someone skilled enough to take your place is important. When looking for assistance, look thoroughly.

You don’t want someone random you know nothing about to be alone with your children.

Go through app services or ask around to ensure the safety of your family. Think about the needs of your children and make those criteria for your search. Interview extensively to make sure you’ve vetted the candidates you have.

Background checks are just as crucial, if not more, as the interview process. Make sure to create a budget for yourself so you understand the payments your household employee needs.

Hiring assistance will help you and your family rest assured for when you depart.

Leave loving reminders behind

It’s good to leave reminders to ensure your children know that you’re coming back.

It can be comforting to have something that belongs to a loved one to hold on to while they’re away. This is a good method to reduce separation anxiety in you and your children.

It can be tough on parents as well when they have to leave so grabbing something of your little ones will help you along your business trip as well.

Some good reminder items could be:

  • Clothing
  • A blanket
  • A photograph
  • Little notes
  • Videotapes
  • Books
  • Voicemails

Try not to sneak off

When leaving try not to make it a secret thing.

Having to worry and wonder as a child can do more harm than as an adult. You don’t want to up and leave and have your children a lot about where you went.

This will spark separation anxiety and make your baby sad. Tough goodbyes can be hurtful in the moment and long term.

Keeping calm and extending enough affections can help with preventing harsh goodbyes.

Tell them how excited you are to get back to them. You could even give them an incentive for when you return for being good while you’re gone.

Come back full of love and excitement

The way you return and your attitude toward your children will make them more comfortable with you leaving further down the line.

Most parents won’t have problems with this part as children will be on the mind the moment they leave to when they get back.

Extend tremendous amounts of affection to ensure ow happy you are to see them. They will be ecstatic to see you!


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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market.

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