Guess who’s been traveling a lot? Yep, that would be me. I travel anywhere between 1 and 2 weeks each month on business, sometimes more, and have learned the ins and outs of one of the busiest airports in the world…Hartsfield International Airport. I literally could work there as a part time direction giver because that’s what I find myself doing every time I am headed to my gate.
Anyways, I wanted to write this post because sometimes people give me the side eye when I tell them that I travel a lot. I’m sure all types of thoughts go through their mind about my abilities as a wife and mother; but I stopped caring about that a long time ago. With that being said, let me drop some knowledge on you about traveling and making your life easier. Especially if you are a wife and mom and it’s part of your day to day life.
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First and foremost, don’t apologize for running your household the way you choose. If you are in a position to travel or have chosen a life that allows you to parent, wife and work, then DO YOU! Second, you MUST prepare so that you don’t come home to stress. Trust me on this one, preparation makes the world go around.
Step 1: Meal Prep
This doesn’t mean you have to cook everything and freeze it before you go. But in order to prevent your family from eating cheeseburgers, fries and pizza every night, at least have a menu together. If your husband can cook then come together for some easy recipes that he and the kids can make together. If you want to freeze the food so they just pop it in the oven or crock-pot that works too!
Step 2: Prep the Kids
I have a toddler and my husband is banned from going anywhere near her hair (I wouldn’t put her through the trauma). I always do protective styles before I go. Easy styles are 2 strand twists, ponytails, cornrows, etc. That way I know she isn’t going to look like the annoying dirty kid when she goes to school. Same thing with her clothes. I literally get her clothes out for the week because if I don’t, she will be wearing pink in every shade and my husband will think that is just fine. He Tries. But it takes a lot of stress off of you knowing that they have their clothes out for the week.
Step 3: Extra Arrangements
Do you need someone to drop the kids off at school in the morning? Or does your husband work late on Tuesdays and need someone to take you kid to karate practice? Whatever arrangements you need to make, make sure to make them well ahead of time. Have a supportive tribe that knows your goals and can help out when you have to step out.
Step 4: Pack in Advance
It sounds cute to pack at the last minute but trust me it isn’t. The last time I did an overnight trip, I was rushing so much that I literally had to run in the house and grab some underclothes to put in my purse. That happened 1 time. I made sure it was the last time.
Step 5: Spend Family Time
I try to do a family day before I go on an extended trip. Whether we grab a couple of hotdogs and play at the park, I make an effort to spend a little extra time before I go. It’s not just for them but definitely for me also because I tend to miss my man when I’m in that super comfortable hotel bed. Seriously!
So, Wives with busy lives, I hope your life is in boss mode and you are booking flights and events all over, if that’s what you want. Or maybe you are going on a girls getaway and leaving the kids and hubby at home. Whatever the case may be, hopefully after this post you will be more prepared!
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