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Keep in close con­tact. Ac­cord­ing to a Univer­sity of Utah study, cou­ples who had longer daily con­ver­sa­tions or more fre­quent calls, e-mails, text or voice­mail mes­sages re­ported the least change in the qual­ity of their day-to-day in­ter­ac­tions with their fam­ily when they trav­eled. Spend time with each child on their own be­fore and af­ter your trip. “Un­til they be­come teenagers, what ev­ery child wants and val­ues more than any­thing is one-on-one time with a par­ent,” says An­drew Mar­shall. Take reg­u­lar hol­i­days with­out the chil­dren where you can be a cou­ple, rather than par­ents. As well as valu­able time to­gether, it can help part­ners to un­der­stand that travel can be hard. Have a daily meal to­gether via Skype or Facetime if time dif­fer­ences al­low, and talk over re­cent events in the same way you would if you were at home. Keep your sex life go­ing – get cre­ative with Skype and phone calls. Check your smart­phone when you’re home with your chil­dren or part­ner. Give them your full at­ten­tion. Feel obliged to bring presents home ev­ery time – oc­ca­sional spon­ta­neous, thought­ful gifts go down bet­ter than duty-free pur­chases. Feel guilty. It’s the least use­ful of all hu­man emo­tions, Mar­shall says. “The idea that there is one way of par­ent­ing and if you’re not do­ing it, you’re fail­ing, is wrong. We need to move away from com­par­a­tive you.”

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