Han­dling par­ent­ing alone

> Here are ways to cope with be­ing the only spouse on duty at home while the other half is away most times

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FAMILY TIES -

dried wild flow­ers to show him when he re­turns.

Send post­cards, let­ters or care pack­ages to each other by mail. You could write a love-note for your hus­band and the kids could make a card or craft for Daddy.

Re­mind him to send back thought­ful gifts pe­ri­od­i­cally if he’s not al­ready do­ing it. Or show him this ar­ti­cle.

When your hus­band is back, sched­ule some of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties to get the feel of fam­ily to­geth­er­ness again:

Fam­ily out­ings such as trips to the park, or a visit to the zoo. It’s usu­ally just you and the kids when your hus­band is away. Take the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing as a fam­ily.

Date nights with your hus­band to keep your ro­mance new.

Fa­ther-and-child ac­tiv­i­ties. This is an op­por­tu­nity for Daddy to spend some time alone with the young ones, while you have some “me-time” for a change.

It could be some­thing as sim­ple as an hour of play­time with Daddy, while you bar­ri­cade your­self in the bed­room to read or catch up on your sleep.

is a mother of four and au­thor of nine books, in­clud­ing the lat­est, Cow Sense for Young Peo­ple. Send com­ments to life­style.ly­dia@the­sundaily.com.

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