Becky and I just went on a blog trip to Turks and Caicos … it was the first trip that we’ve taken since our son was born, where our kids weren’t with us.
It was fun, but we missed the kids (Becky REALLY missed them!). The hardest part for us was trying to figure out how we were going to talk to them every day, to stay connected. We knew that we would be missing our son’s football game, and since I am the coach, this was harder than I thought. We wanted to still take part in activities that our kids love most. We got the app, HomeTeam, because it offers unlimited video chat, so I could talk to him as soon as the game was over and he could tell me all about it. (Here is what the homepage is like, from your computer)
Becky even used it that night to find one of the multitude of books that you can read together – they have Disney stories, like Toy Story, on there that Allie loves. (You can play games on it, too!)
We actually liked it so much that we had our distant family get it, too, so they could keep in touch with the kids.
A few more ways that we kept in touch:
1- We sent a letter before we left, so the kids would get it in the mail (we just dropped it off at the post office the day we left). They were SO excited. We sent a letter, picture and $1.00 to each of the kids – you would have thought that it was Christmas morning (they did a video chat with us on HomeTeam right after).
2- Becky drew on the shower doors with soap. She knew that they would be getting showers, so she took liquid soap and water, dipped it on a Q-tip and drew them pictures and a note that says “I miss you!”. When the shower door steams up, the picture and note shows up.
3- Leave notes under each of their comforters or bedspreads.
4- Put a picture of the two of you in a little frame on their dresser when you leave. Let it be a surprise. We just printed them out on the computer in black and white and stuck them in frames that were 4 for $1.00. The kids loved them!
5- Put a note in their lunch box or backpack, as a special surprise that they won’t expect.
I hope these helped. They helped our kids, even though we only didn’t see them for three days, to our kids (and us!) it felt much longer.
PS- get your first-month of the HomeTeam app for free with their free trial and then you get to keep the low monthly costs after the trial has expired ($8.95/month). You can Download on Android or Download on iOS
What tips do you have?