Winter has been good to me and my little family.
I have been gone less.
I have been around friends and family more.
But alas, in the line of work I have chosen for myself, this never lasts too long.
The road brings the paycheck.
So here are some rules we like to have in place so road life is not the end of family life.
1. The spouse is the first person I talk to in the morning and the last person I talk to at night.
This seriously helps tons. Even if there has been little to no communication during the day.
2. 4 videos a day to the kids just telling them what I’m doing. Sometimes they are 60 seconds long. Sometimes they are 5. But they know daddy is thinking of them.
3. Head Hands Heart Check In daily…
How is our mind?
How is our heart?
How is our physical health?
4. FaceTime Family Dinner…
Though not always possible, Prop up the laptop at home and your laptop where you are at. Having the kids set a table setting and putting the iPad or laptop on it is a) funny and b) seriously closes the gap.
5. Realize and Say Out Lod that it just plain SUCKS.
I think acknowledging the fact that it’s not going to be amazing and it really will suck is key to success. No one likes to be away from the family. And trying to tell yourselves that it’s gonna be fine is a pitfall.
These are just some tips to keep the family a little more family on the road.
How many of you travel and what sorts of tips do you have?