Ar­range a What­sapp video call with your child, or ring her for a quick chat ev­ery day. This keeps you and her re­as­sured.

Young Parents (Singapore) - - AGE BY STAGE 5 - 6 YEARS -

Re­as­sure your child that her turn will come Con­tact your child while you are away Agree on a present for her

Be­fore leav­ing, talk about a gift she’d like you to buy her while you are away. It doesn’t need to be re­lated to your hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion; it has to be some­thing that she wants.

If you are lucky, she’ll ask for a present that you can buy be­fore you go away (don’t tell her that!), so you don’t need to spend your pre­cious break hunt­ing for it.

If she starts to as­so­ciate your hol­i­days alone with re­ceiv­ing a won­der­ful present on your re­turn, she’ll soon look for­ward to your next va­ca­tion with­out her.

Your six-year-old wants to tag along partly be­cause she loves your com­pany and partly be­cause she wants to have a hol­i­day.

You can hardly blame her for want­ing to share in the fun – just like you, she en­joys stay­ing at a ho­tel, hav­ing her meals served by wait staff and hav­ing ac­cess to the pool ev­ery day.

So tell her you’ll make sure ev­ery­body goes away to­gether soon. Ask her to think about where she might like to go for a short trip.

Naturally, you and your hus­band want peace and quiet when you are on hol­i­day, with­out un­nec­es­sary in­ter­rup­tions.

How­ever, make a point of keep­ing in touch with your kid. It is easy to ar­range a What­sapp video call with her, no mat­ter where you are, or ring her for a chat.

A quick con­ver­sa­tion with her, last­ing a cou­ple of min­utes at the start or end of the day, will re­as­sure her and you as well. Even though it can seem like an in­tru­sion, it will be worth the ef­fort.

Plan ac­tiv­i­ties with her. Choose dif­fer­ent ex­cur­sions, and work out the de­tails such as how to get there, and food for the ac­tiv­ity.

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