Posted by: eacadoption | 11/12/2010

Help Your Children at Home Adjust to Your Adoption Travel Tip #4

Explain the length of time that you will be away in a manner that your child(ren) will understand.

If you happen to have a little one that is too young to understand the days of the week, it may not be best to tell them that you’ll be gone Monday and be back Sunday.  This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t tell them how long you will be gone or tell them that you will be home soon without explaining to them precisely how long you will be traveling.  This uncertainly is frightening to the child, and you do not want your child to be worried wondering why you haven’t come home yet after the first few days.

One of the best ways to allow your child(ren) to comprehend how long you will be gone is to consider your child(ren)’s weekly routine.  For example, if you are leaving on a Monday and will be back on a Sunday you should tell your child that you will be leaving on the first school day of the week and will be back the day when your child goes to church or Sunday school (that is if your child does go to church).  Therefore, your child can understand the extent of time you will be gone and knows when to expect your return.

Another great method to help your child understand when you will be coming home is to create a calender that marks the day you leave and the day you return.  From there, have your child or your caregiver mark an “x” every morning of each day so they can count down to you arriving home.  And finally, when your child reaches to the last day, they know that’s when they should expect you to come home.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to help your child(ren) at home adjust to your adoption travel.  If you would like more tips on this series, you can always look in our ‘Categories’ located on the right.

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