Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Staying Close To Your Kids While You Are Away

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When I was in high school, my dad worked out of state. It was hard to not see one parents for days or even weeks at a time and now my youngest sister is going through it. I didn't ever think I would need to take business trips, but time and time again I find myself kissing my babies good bye and hopping on a plan to somewhere. Over the past few years we have found a rhythm with my trips and my dad with my youngest sister, to keep us connected and a part of each other's lives even when we are so far away. These have all help us immensely.

Daily Phone Calls. We always make sure to touch base, even if we only have a minute. I always talk to my daughter and ask how school went. Often she wants a lullaby right before bed and so my husband will call me and I will sing it to her right on the phone. I once sang a lullaby to her in the middle of a penthouse party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, I got some good natured ribbing for that one, but my daughter knew she was loved.


Surprises and Cards. Often when I am gone I will leave a note a day for my daughter to find. Some have little surprises like stickers or dollar store toys. She has to call me every morning and tell me about her dreams to get hint on where the next one is hiding.


Videos- My daughter and I LOVE to send each other silly videos the whole time I am gone. It makes us each laugh and it helps us occupy our time. We love the lip sync videos.


Make a separation journal. We have a journal that I leave at home when I am gone. My daughter writes her thoughts and feelings in it every day and then when I get back I write back to her. We keep it going even when I am home and it helps me know what is going on in her life.

Share photos. I share photos of where I am and what I am doing with my child and she sends me back pictures too. She sends pictures of her homework, pictures of silly faces and pictures of her sister. It really helps us feel connected. Sometimes I send the pictures to her dad's phone but we also set her up with her own iPod that can get messages as long as it is connected to Wi-fi.



Countdown Frame. This craft is SO easy to make and helps a lot with my girls being sad when I am gone.

You will need:
  • A frame with glass
  • cute scrapbook paper
  • black vinyl 
  • a craft cutter
  • a whiteboard marker
Put the scrapbook paper in the frame. The easiest way to do this is to be a document frame, AKA a 8.5x11 frame so you don't have to trim the paper to size. If you use a different kind of frame, just trim you paper to the size of your frame. I found a cute frame with three openings at my local dollar store. I put scrapbook paper in the large section and used the two smaller sections to put a picture of me with each of my girls.



Cut the black vinyl using your craft cutter or you could even use letter stickers if you don't have access to a craft cutter. The words you will need are "days until my dad (mom) gets home." Add the vinyl to the bottom portion of the glass, leaving room to write with a whiteboard marker on the top. That way, every day you child can wipe off the number of days and write the new number with a white board marker. 

CloudPets. We just found these stuffed animals and we are THRILLED with them. CloudPets really make staying close to your kids when you are far away easy and fun. You can record messages to your child using the CloudPet App and then sent them to their CloudPet. The CloudPet will blink when it has a new message and they can press the hand of their stuffed animal to hear the new message. They can also send messages back. You should have seen the look on my daughter's face when I sent her lullaby straight to her CloudPet. She listened to it over and over again. She loved that my voice could be with her even when I couldn't be. 


I love that it is more fun that just an App, it is a sweet stuffed animal for them to hug when they are missing you. There is a bear, a kitty, a puppy and a bunny. If you shop at Walmart, like I did, you can buy the Walmart exclusive unicorn. I found my CloudPet on a pallet near the front of the store that add the three AAA batteries I needed for the pet right by it.



When I first told my husband about these new stuffed animals, he was a little worried. Could strange people send messages to our child's pet? Since the CloudPet is hooked up to an app, you have complete control over it. All messages must be approved by the parent before they go to the stuffed animal. You can learn more about how it works here

How would you use a CloudPet to stay close to loved ones? Would you sent it to your grandkids? Your nieces and nephews? What about using one to help your kids get through a parent's deployment? The possibilities are endless. 

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20 comments:

bxcrochet said...

Those are some great tips. I love the idea of the Cloud Pet.

Michelle F.

Masshole Mommy said...

It's hard to be away, but these are great tips.

Janet Krugel said...

I have started traveling a little more for work lately and these are great ways for us to stay in touch! [client]

Kids Are A Trip said...

I love the idea of a Cloud Pet. My little one would love this (along with Skyping every night). I'm going to have to look for these!

Stacey D said...

I wonder what my 21 year-old would say if I sent her one in Denmark :)

Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio said...

this is such a great idea especially for those kids who have grandparents or other family members they are close to, live out of state!

"Miss Nova" said...

I have never heard of the Cloud Pet. Living in a different state from my nephews this is a great way to hkeep in touch.

MikiHope said...

A stuffed animal that can speak--and in the missing parents voice has to be the best thing I've heard of in a while. Separation anxiety can be very real and a young child can not really verbalize what they are feeling--this should alleviate that a bit anyway.

Crystal said...

That countdown is perfect for long stretches of being away from home. I know my family would love being able to stay in touch with that super cute pet!

Liz Mays said...

I think it's a really sweet way to stay connected. It gives them something special they share just between them.

Michelle Stewart said...

Such a great idea, I'm gonna pick one up for my little man!

Scraps said...

The CloudPet sounds fabulous, how innovative! In fact, all these are great tips for making separation less difficult on loved ones.

Kristen Miller said...

What an awesome toy! I love all the things you do to keep in touch.

Jaclyn said...

I love the little picture frame, especially since it has a place to leave a message! We have a CloudPet, too, since we travel 4+ times a year!

ana de jesus said...

What a fantastic idea especially when you are away and worried about your child. It is great that it is security approved, especially with the issues that have been in the media recently.

Karissa Ancell said...

These are great products. My niece has separation issues so I believe my sister uses this with her.

Ashlie Eborn said...

What a cute idea!

Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog said...

What cute ideas!! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - hope to see you again next week.

Elizabeth Yontz said...

My dad was gone all the time when I was little. I love all of these ideas! Its so important to remain connected.

Maria from Collecting Moments said...

Love these ideas. Being away from our children is so hard, but your tips will ease them into the temporary change a little better. I love the stuffed animal idea too. Genius way for kids to be able to keep their loved ones close even when they're so far. Thanks for sharing this, Debra! Saying hello from Idea Box Linky

 
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