When Parents Feel Separation Anxiety
If your child is going away for a long period of time:
- Keep in touch. These days, extraordinary technological advances make it easy to keep in touch: You can email, webconference, or keep in contact via cell phone. If none of this technology is available to you or your child, get back to basics with old-fashioned letter writing. Letters will make great keepsakes for the future, and you can read them together when your child returns.
- Keep a diary and ask your child to do the same. Promise to share your accounts when you are reunited. If journaling is not your style, then post a blog, make a scrapbook, or just take tons of pictures. Record your experiences so that you can connect with your child when she returns.