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10 Tips for Leaving Your Kids at Home When You Travel this Summer

Leaving the kids at home while you travel can be very stressful but at times, hard to avoid. Some planning can give you peace of mind and result in a better time spent apart for yourself and your kids. Below are some important and helpful tips.

1. Always leave the caregiver with heath care provider information, health insurance information and a list of allergies and medications. You should also leave a medical release form so that medical decisions can be made without you in the case of an emergency. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/travel-without-kids.html

2. Leave a note on a calendar with the days you are leaving and returning. This is nice gesture for the sitter and for your kids, so they can visualize the days you will be without them.

3. Create a schedule with times of activities, events and addresses so the caregiver is more organized and your children don’t feel blindsided with unexpected occurrences https://thepointsguy.com/2014/06/travel-tips-for-parents-leaving-the-kids-at-home-for-the-first-time/ . You can also choose one or two special things for your kids to look forward to each day as an extra perk.

Below is a short list of examples:

  • Tickets to a movie or game
  • A gift card for ice cream at an ice cream shop
  • A coupon for an activity at a park or pool
  • A new toy or book

4. Create a daily routine with the times (describe morning routine: breakfast, teeth brushing, etc.), bedtime (describe bedtime routines), when school begins and is out, etc. http://www.creativeconnectionsforkids.com/2016/06/10-tips-for-leaving-kids-home/

5. Create a fun list. Provide a list of favorites: toys, games, foods, pacifiers, blankets etc. so that your kids feel happy and comfortable along with your sitter.

6. Write a short daily letter to describe what you are doing on what your kids should have on their schedule.

7. Leave notes throughout the house telling your child(ren)s that you love them, you hope they are behaving and you can’t wait to see them. https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2015/06/06/preparing-kids-for-when-parent-travels/ud1ZhHggFGhwvEZ54IUDUN/story.html

9. If you can make the time on your trip, schedule calls. Kids love Facetime or Skype calls!

At Rosewood Academy we understand the challenges of leaving youngsters behind. We’re always available for additional advice and/or questions. For summer camps or Fall enrollment, please visit us at www.rosewoodacademy.net.

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