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Traveling without Child
07/15/2010 at 21:31 PM

I will be leaving in 6 weeks to go to Germany for 6 weeks for work. Unfortunately, my son (8 years old) will not be going with me. He will be staying at home with his father.

School will have been in session for 2 weeks when I leave, so I hope the "newness" will have worn off.

This is the 1st time I have left my son for more than a long weekend getaway. We will be using Skype to communicate back and forth daily at a scheduled time.

Another idea I have is to pre-write him letters with a little activity or a question for him to find out that day so he can answer when we talk on Skype that evening.

I am trying to come up with things for him so the distance doesn't seem so far away.

Does anyone have ideas or advice for me?

As a mom, I don't want to leave my child. But this is important for my job. It is hard to feel like you are choosing between job and family.

It sounds like you have a pretty good handle on things. It makes me think of those military parents who get deployed. It is necessary, but you can't make up for the sacrifices your family makes. You can only do your best.

I think no matter what this will be difficult on you and your son. I had to leave my family back home in September when I moved on assignment to Austria and will not be rejoined with them until June. We Skype all the time (the 9 hour difference can make things difficult) and write letters but it is just not the same. One thing that might be helpful is to make a countdown for the day you get back. You will bring one with you to Germany and they will have one back home. Your son will know you are counting down to see him again. It will build up the excitement for your son and for you. I can tell you I have 117 days until I go home. Seems like an eternity.