Help your child adapt to your absence on a trip by developing some rituals around your departure and return. Here are a few ideas:
• Mark the route of your trip on a map.
• Record several favorite bedtime songs and stories on a tape to be played in your absence.
• Take two pictures of you and your child before leaving. You take one and leave the other with your child.
• Give your child permission to not worry and have fun while you are away. Rather than saying, “Take good care of Mommy/Daddy while I’m gone.” Instead say, “Mommy/Daddy will take good care of you while I’m gone.”
• Have prayer time individually with each child before leaving, thanking God for that child and asking His protection for each family member in your absence.
• Bring back a memento from your trip or add to an inexpensive collection (post cards, lapel pins or buttons, rocks, etc.)
• Go out to breakfast or have another treat when you return.
• Spend focused time with each child (and your spouse) within a day of your return.
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