By Lori Richmond, Children’s Book Author-Illustrator, Bunny’s Staycation
When I was a corporate Creative Director, I went away on many business trips. It was never easy to put aside the mom guilt and leave my two kids—even though I knew, deep down, they’d be just fine. Fast forward a few years: now I work close to home, and my husband is the one who travels—a lot. Last year he logged more than 125,000 miles… ouch.
After being on both (difficult) sides of this coin, I tip my hat to the parents clocking endless hours in airports, but must give a special shout-out to the parents who stay behind. Flying solo at home requires a unique kind of household chaos management, and was the inspiration for my children’s picture book about a business-traveling mama, Bunny’s Staycation.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING PARENTS
Unpack your child’s emotions
Ask your child to help you pack—it’s the perfect time to discuss their feelings about your travel. And kids know that parents can feel lonely, too. If your child worries about your feelings, offer to take a plush toy (of their choice) along as a travel companion. Your child can draw a plane ticket and pack a bag for the toy—use an inexpensive toiletry bag as a “suitcase.”
Read all of Lori’s tips for traveling parents in our Summer 2018 issue coming in July!
Photo Credit: Tory Williams