As I board a plane this week for a few days of business travel, I can’t help but feel a little anxious.
Any working mom knows it’s always tough to be away from your kids. After all, I want to tuck them in at night, and hear about their days over dinner and dessert.
Still, I know I can handle a few days away from my sons and daughter. They are in good hands, and their schedule will go on as usual. We’ll chat on the phone in the evenings and FaceTime, and my eldest will likely send me a few texts.
If all goes well, I may even be able to sleep past my typical 5:15 a.m. wake-up call since my commute for meetings will be nearby.
So what is causing me the stress over the travel?
Well, I feel a little guilty that my husband will be running solo. Three kids to one parent is a lot of work. He’ll be tasked with the crazy morning prep and drop-offs, the afternoon homework and activities, meals, bedtime, laundry, walking the dog, and let’s face it, I’m sure there will be at least a few sibling spats.
We are a great team when we work together, and we collapse into bed every evening with two of us pulling our weight.
This week he won’t have the support of another parent, and that is huge.
I know there are parents who travel frequently for their jobs, leaving one spouse behind to manage the kids and household, and sometimes that spouse is also working full-time too. It’s the lives we lead these days – jet-setting, constant technology, and meetings late into the night.
I’m so glad my business travel is limited, because frankly I do not think I could handle it, nor could my spouse. You do what you have to do, but if it is up to me, the business trips will be few and far between.
We’ll survive. My husband will rock, I’m sure. But I can’t wait to get back home so we can rejoin forces and give each other the support we both need. Sure, we will still be outnumbered, but a three to two ratio is much better than three to one.
Do you or your spouse travel for work? How does it impact your household and do you have any tips?