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August 12, 2010

Where Are All The People?

After far too long, Who’s Your Daddy is back for your reading pleasure (or as close as I can get). The Family has just returned from a journey to the left coast to celebrate the Little Man’s Great Grandma’s 100th birthday among other family visits, events and other shenanigans. In our travels, between field trips to show the Little Man a real burrito (sorry NY) and to In-N-Out, I tried to squeeze in a bit of work here and there, accompanied by my partner in crime.

On a deliciously cool and foggy morning in San Francisco, as we walked to our breakfast meeting (no joke, he had my back for this meeting), the Little Man had his best thinking man face on as he turned to me and asked, “Dad, where are all the people?” It took me a minute to catch on (it ususually does) and then I realized, this kid is a New Yorker now. He’s used to elbowing out touristos and hipsters for a seat on the subway at all hours, so the sight of a sidewalk with room to breathe was a curious sight indeed. After I explained the relative plethora of space in San Francisco (and almost any US city other than NY) he went back to pondering short stack or full stack.

With the fog a distant memory, we’re back in the Manhattan’s sticky delight. Heading off to a breakfast of bagels and OJ, the Little Man looked up at me with that smile that will melt a few hearts in years to come and stated, “Dad, I’m glad to see all the people again.” Buddy, I think they’re glad to see you too.

April 29, 2010

On The Road Again…

No matter if you’re a working parent or stay at home parent or somewhere in between, there will come a time where you need to hit the road.  Be it for business, pleasure or some combination, it is great to get away, but also sometime excruciating to leave little ones behind.  With Who’s Your Mommy on the road this week, it got me to thinking about how we try to keep it together when one of us is on the road.  Here are a few things we do in our house to make travel easier on everyone:

  1. Web Video – with webcams in every laptop it is even easier to stay in touch while you’re on the road.  Web video is an easy way to say hi face to face from anywhere in the world.  For little ones, you can play peek-a-boo and old kids can share their days, projects, stories, etc.  Skype (www.skype.com) has been a major tool in our house for all travel (and staying in touch everyday with extended family).  See some video chatting basics from the Wall Street Journal at With Video Chatting, It’s a Small World After All
  2. Local Photos – Your iPhone or Blackberry has a camera in it, so use it.  Take a photo of yourself in the city you are visiting and email it back to your kids.  It is a great way for them to feel connected to you while you’re gone. 
  3. Local Weather – Ask older kids to check your local weather each day.  When you talk on the phone, let them tell you your weather.  It is a great geography lesson and also keeps them connected to you. 
  4. Gift Ritual – Frequent travelers can make it a regular part of coming home to bring a small gift that relates to the city or country you visited.  Try to keep it small and if you’re always rushing, perhaps even something you can get at the airport.  Landmark souvenirs, keychains, dolls or local snacks all work great. 
  5. Direct Flights – It seems obvious, but sometimes a direct flight that is a few dollars more will save you a ton of headaches and time from missed connections, weather delays and disappointed kids. 

Happy travels, but get home soon.  Your kids miss you.

August 12, 2009

Daddy’s Weekend Away

The much anticipated “Boy’s Weekend” is finally here and Dad is headed out to San Diego for a weekend of golf and revelry with my best three college buddies. As a stay at home parent, the weekend is filled with interesting and unanticipated subplots.

This weekend with the boys has been going on for some fifteen years now and so this yearly ritual is nothing new to my wife and now my son. But that wasn’t always the case. When our son was three and old enough to know that Daddy, his primary caretaker and the parent in charge of meals, laundry, groceries and other household duties, was leaving for a few days, my wife and I noticed a panic creeping in as the weekend drew near. In speaking to him about it one night, my wife was lucky enough to have an exchange with him that went something like:

“Honey, are you nervous that Daddy is going away for a few days? We’ll have fun just the two of us!” she said.

“Yes, Mommy, we’ll have fun” he answered.

“So what are you nervous about then Sweetie?” she asked.

“Mommy, when Daddy is gone, how will we eat?” he inquired.

“What do you mean?” she asked puzzled by the question.

“Well, Daddy cooks all our food and has the wallet!” he exclaimed.

Our son didn’t care who stayed home and who worked. He didn’t care about traditional roles or that his parents did it the “opposite” of traditional. Truth be told, I always worry when I’m away. I know my wife can cook and can obviously order take out or pay at a restaurant, do laundry and all the rest. She’s exactly as able as me to take care of our son. It’s just that we’ve allocated the roles so that it’s my job. I’m sure there are many moms and dads out there who’ve felt exactly the same on the eve of a trip leaving kids with their working spouse.

The point is, that it is good for us all to have balance – shake it up a bit. As we say in our house to keep it “spicy.” Daddy needs some Daddy time and Mommy needs some concentrated Mommy time. When things get back to normal, we’re all better for it and appreciate what we’ve got, just that much more. Don’t worry Sweetie, Mommy has a wallet too.