Usually for us summer means lots of family road trips. And while this summer is no different Ryan and I have taken some trips apart from each other. Mine are all blog related. His are mostly work related although last weekend he took a trip to DC with his dad.
I was actually one of the biggest champions and encouragers of this trip, but it was 3 1/2 days and with all the other travel we have been doing, the kids were just missing their dad. Bedtimes were a mess and all day long I had to answer “how long until daddy comes home??!!!” Being gone during a work week is one thing but when daddy is gone on a weekend when he is supposed to be home the kids go a little nutso.
Enter Skype. Whether I am gone or Ryan is gone we use Skype to connect. Usually when we wake up and before we go to bed. It doesn’t eliminate the tears, but it helps. At least I think it helps……
It is funny. I know a lot of people use Skype to connect with family all over the globe. We mainly use it to connect with each other. I just love knowing that no matter where we are as a family we can still see each other’s faces and tell each other we love each other every day. Yes we could do that over the phone but let’s be honest, it just isn’t the same.
My kids love to IM emoticons (they come by their emoticon obsession naturally), kiss the camera and fight over who gets to talk next. Ok so that part isn’t so fun but the kisses are adorable. We also have silly face contests and take screen shots (hopefully to embarrass the kids when they are in high school).
All in all Skype makes the time go by more quickly and it makes life more bearable for the parent stuck (I mean blessed to be) at home. And makes the parent who is away feel much less guilty about missing bedtime. Win- win for everyone.
How do you stay connected with your kids when you are away?
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Skype. I received Skype credits to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.