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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