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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
Those are some great tips. I love the idea of the Cloud Pet.
Masshole Mommy says
It's hard to be away, but these are great tips.
Janet Krugel says
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 says
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 says
I wonder what my 21 year-old would say if I sent her one in Denmark 🙂
Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio says
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" says
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.
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.
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 says
I think it's a really sweet way to stay connected. It gives them something special they share just between them.
Michelle Stewart says
Such a great idea, I'm gonna pick one up for my little man!
The CloudPet sounds fabulous, how innovative! In fact, all these are great tips for making separation less difficult on loved ones.
Kristen Miller says
What an awesome toy! I love all the things you do to keep in touch.
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 says
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 says
These are great products. My niece has separation issues so I believe my sister uses this with her.
Ashlie Eborn says
What a cute idea!
Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog says
What cute ideas!! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – hope to see you again next week.
Elizabeth Yontz says
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 says
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