Business Travels- Preparing at Home

Yesterday I posted about my second business trip. Although the trip was successful, it didn’t happen on its own. Having two young children can make it super hard to take advantage of these types of opportunities, so I knew that I had to have everyone on board before booking my ticket. And by everyone I mean my very wonderful DH. Luckily he’s always been supportive of my career and understood that this was an amazing opportunity, so he helped make it happen.

Before I left, I had to make sure the kids had enough clean clothes for the next few days. Not as easy as it sounds, since we had a busy weekend- one in which there was no laundry involved. I ended up throwing in a load of laundry the night before my trip. In the morning, I fished out an outfit and pajamas for each child. Their lunches were packed and ready to go the night before, as well as their dinner for that night.

I think the hardest part about leaving for so long was that DH had to put the boys to bed. Never an easy thing to do, so while I was glad I got the night off, I did feel a little bad about giving him the hardest job of all. In the end, they were still awake when I got home, so I didn’t really have the night off. At least he didn’t have to give them baths- our wonderful afternoon babysitter took care of that. She also made the boys sandwiches for the next day.

Although I do have the “mom guilt” about going away, not taking my kids to school and not seeing them for most of the day, I’m still glad I went. It was great exposure for me and my overall feeling is that if I have to be at work, I might as well make the most of it and do the best job I can do.

Until next time,