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Away on business

Uploaded: Feb 15, 2016
Many of the stay-at-home parents I interact with during the day have spouses who travel for work. Some spouses travel frequently and others only occasionally.

Many of us joke about how it is sometimes easier to take care of our kids when our spouses are away for a few days.

While this may make it sound like our spouses are not helpful at home, usually it just means that we give ourselves a break from all the "extras" that can come with being a parent. We order out, heat up leftovers or just make sandwiches instead of cook. We save laundry for another day. Cleaning/organizing are not a priority. And usually we don't start any big projects that week.

In other words, when our spouses travel for work, it can force us to simplify our lives a bit and focus more on our kids. And, sometimes, focusing more on the kids makes parenting a bit easier.

What do you do to make life easier when your spouse is away on business?
Democracy.
What is it worth to you?

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Posted by MPer, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Feb 16, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Not much changes when the wife is away on business. The two year old and I party a bit more, but other wise business as usual.

I do have to answer "where Mommy is?" several hundred times :)


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Feb 16, 2016 at 5:47 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

MPer - Thanks for sharing your experience. Two year olds are definitely full of questions.


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Posted by Mother of 4 , a resident of Palo Verde,
on Feb 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

I was away visiting parents (Dad not doing too well) and people sent around food, offered to help him out with the kids, offered playdates, etc. Husband is now away on business and I get offered nothing. Double standards?

Grumble, grumble, whine, whine.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Feb 26, 2016 at 8:25 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Mother of 4 - It's always nice when people step up and help when a relative is sick.


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