I remember when Eli was a few months old and my boss asked me if I wanted to go away to a continuing education course. It would’ve been awesome for my job, but I gasped in horror at the suggestion (which was thankfully over email). The idea of leaving my (then) 4-month-old overnight was unthinkable to me, and so I politely declined and said I’d reconsider the next time it was offered. And when the opportunity came around again this year, I couldn’t refuse. So earlier this month, I left Eli overnight for the first time. I know plenty of parents reach this milestone significantly earlier than I did, but I simply wasn’t ready before then. And even at 16 months, it was even harder on me than I imagined.
I knew that two days and nights away would be tough on both Eli and I, so I went out of my way to make this experience as painless for both of us as possible. Since I had never been down this road before, I consulted some veteran parents for tips, and these are the things that really worked for us. Here are some of the tips that helped me:
What do you do to help ease the transition when you are away from your kids?