When my two-year-old son sleepily said goodbye to his Daddy recently early one morning, I knew what he didn’t: Daddy was going away for a few weeks. Once Oliver realized I knew he’d be sad that Daddy wouldn’t be there to play with, to kiss his head when he bumps it, or put him to bed. Daddy also would lament all of the missed snuggles, story times, silly faces, and all of the other ways they connect with each other on a daily basis.
There are lots of kids across the world, including in Canada, the United States and Australia, who spend at least some time away from a parent, whether it’s because their parents are separated or divorced or because one parent is away on a business trip. When you find yourself as the parent in those situations, how are you supposed to maintain a strong connection with your kids when you don’t get to see (or possibly even hear from) them every day?
[Read the full article on childhood101.com]
While being apart from each other is tough on my husband and son (not to mention me), it’s great to see the relationship the two of them have with each other, even though they have to spend time apart.