When You Travel Without the Kids
By Christine McLaughlin
Remember planning a trip in the days before you had a child? All you had to do was consider yourself and the weather in the far away city. But now that you're a mom, planning to get away without the kids can be so daunting that some moms forgo it altogether. Still, every mom needs to get away from time to time, and if it's for business, you have no choice.
To make the tough task of traveling away from your kids a little easier, veteran mom traveler and author of The Mom Book: 4,278 Tips for Moms! (Simon & Schuster), Stacy DeBroff, gives the following pointers:
1. Set limits on work-related trips If traveling for business, try not to be away from your child for more than a couple of days at a time and not every week. Also, make a point of avoiding weekend travel unless it's absolutely necessary.
2. Make sure you're covered If your spouse is in charge when you're away, make sure you both talk over your travel plans well ahead of time. He might not be used to the multitasking that's involved, which comes second nature to you. As a way of saying thank you for the additional responsibility he's taking on, DeBroff suggests giving him some extra time off when you return.
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