How do you stay in touch with family while out and about? As in, when one parent travels for work or fun, and the other stays home with the kid(s). Many friends have complained about this dilemma: you call in and the kids get all riled up… a mixture of missing you, bummed they aren’t there, excited about where you are. And then the other parent is left to pick up the pieces.
When Dex was younger, this was a real problem for us. Phone calls were awkward. Trying to explain what was going on in the middle of conferences was disjointed. Me? Personally? I get so overwhelmed with all the people that it’s hard for me to concentrate on a conversation in a hallway with traffic buzzing back and forth around me.
When iPhones came around, we tried Facetime so at least we could make silly expressions at each other and blow kisses. But the WiFi was never strong enough, cutting out, and basically made it even more frustrating.
All the while, Dex was getting older and finally got a phone of his own. Texting! Group Texting, no less!
We had the answer.
I can send a message and not expect an immediate answer. Dex can send me as many emoticons as he wants. Bryan can chirp in when he settles down with a beer at the end of the day.
It really has made everything so. much. easier.
Luckily for us, our trips are usually only a few days in length. I know parents that have jobs on the other side of the world for months at a time, which certainly requires a much more structured and organized approach to keeping in touch.
But for us?
Not talking is the way to go.