Holly Gar­land,

Business Traveler (USA) - - WELL BEING -

di­rec­tor of Gar­land PR, is home-based, while her hus­band Craig, a man­age­ment con­sul­tant for KPMG, trav­els regularly to Lon­don and abroad for work. They live in Ed­in­burgh with their two-year-old son Sam.

“We don’t have fam­ily near, so when Craig’s away, I’m solely re­spon­si­ble for the nurs­ery pick-ups and drop-offs,” she says. “If Sam is sick, I’m the one who takes time off. It’s a lot of jug­gling but it’s not im­pos­si­ble if you’re or­ga­nized and keep sight of your pri­or­i­ties.

“Sam is now get­ting old enough to no­tice when Craig’s not there. He has work­ing hard.’

“It’s got harder for Craig to leave him so he now does as many day trips as he be­fore and miss out on time with Sam. When he is here, he’s very hands-on.

“I’m used to deal­ing with the daily rou­tine on my own but I do get more tired and have a shorter fuse at bath time when Craig’s away. There are times when I speak to him when I’m head­ing for bed at 10 PM and he’s out in Lon­don with one of our old friends and I feel a twinge of jeal­ousy.

with Sam.

“Our sit­u­a­tion works be­cause we were to­gether for a long time be­fore we had Sam and Craig had to travel, so there is a lot of trust.

“I know Craig’s pri­or­ity is to be home and if he’s away it’s be­cause he has to be, not be­cause he fancies a night out or a de­cent night’s sleep. We also know no job is for­ever and things will no doubt change.”

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