Business travel is stressful enough. What with the chaos of the planes, trains and automobile added to the monotony of conferences and conventions. Work-at-home moms don't need the added pressure of worrying if all is well back home.
But worry is just what we moms do. There's no way around it, but the best way to minimize stress while you're away on a business trip is to plan carefully for your family's needs. Even so, you know what they say about the best laid plans.
I don't frequently travel for business. As a work-a-home mom, I like to be, well, at home. But on one business trip, I found myself a continent away from my kids. And I have to admit I was enjoying it.
And then I got an email from my parents, who were watching the kids, saying that my youngest had strep throat. We've been through this many times; in fact she's already had her tonsils out. I was impressed that my parents even figured out that she was sick, since she's always had atypical symptoms. I knew my parents could handle it, and I felt good about detailed instructions I'd left for contacting the pediatrician.
And yet I worried. I dreamed she was lost in a crowd. I tossed and turned all night. I fidgeted more than usual on the daylong flight home. Finally, after I stepped in the door and recovered from the tackling of hugs, I asked her how she was feeling. She just shrugged and said, "Fine, Mom. It's no big deal."
And I guess that was the goal of all my advance planning for the trip. Any unexpected occurrence would just be no big deal.