Magazine article Work & Family Life

Talking to Kids about Your Travel Plans

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Talking to Kids about Your Travel Plans

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Age makes a big difference in how children respond to parents' traveling. here are some tips to make it easier-before you leave, while you're away and when you come home.

with toddlers say you're leaving the night before with a minimum of fuss. For example: "when i'm away, we'll talk every day, just before your bath." But when you call, don't be surprised if your child doesn't want to talk to you. Let him or her hear your voice and keep up your goodbye rituals, "Good night, sleep tight, i love you." when you return, don't be upset if your toddler won't talk to you at first. try to help kids put their feelings into words.

with preschoolers tell them about a trip a week or so before you go. talk in terms of their schedule: "while daddy is giving you breakfast, i'll be taking the train to washington. …

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