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Monday, January 16, 2012

Packing

We are leaving very soon and are packing up today. My stomach is all tied up in knots as I anticipate this trip and leaving Anna, Keith, and Iryna behind. I know that they will fine. I know it, just worry for them and the sense of loss they will feel with their parents gone. I want to do something nice for them that they can open while we're gone - suggestions?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think I posted this several weeks ago. Maybe some of these ideas would help?

We also have had to be gone on many extended business trips. We would leave a present for each day we were gone for the kids to open. Most of the presents were of the $1 Store variety. Some presents were individual for each child, some were group presents for them all together.  Use your imagination. Fun socks, treasure hunts, and messages like:  today you get to eat at your favorite restaurant!  Simple things that you would plan for them to do anyway while you are gone are much more fun when opened as a present. No need to be really fancy with the wrapping, I would use lunch bags for most of the gifts, tied with a colorful ribbon. Also, as the line of presents gets smaller, it's closer to when Mom and Dad get home! (The babysitter might need to be ready to add more if there is a delay.) 

If reading books is a part of your nighttime or daily routine, then have Mom and or Dad video themselves reading several favorite books. The children will still have the routine of  Mom and Dad reading to them each day. Make sure to record many books, as they will probably get "read" many more times than they would if you were there.  While you are at it, make a special video for each child. Tell them of your love, why they are special to you, and the sweet things you would be saying to them if you were there. These videos of books and love will become a treasure to each child. They will be used when you are at home too!

Hopefully these ideas are helpful. They worked quite well for us. With today's technology, you could Skype together, instead of just phone calls home too. 

Rebecca said...

Yep, that's what I would have suggested! Maybe a picture of you with the kids in a special frame or Walmart does posters. Letters or love notes is nice too.