If you work away from home or travel a lot, here’s a tip:
A little planning can help make your spare time while you are away from your children more valuable. While you are with your children, sit down with them and work out what‘s coming up in your children’s lives and how it fits with your off-work hours. Schedule phone calls and Skype chats for times that suit everyone. Mark these appointments on a calendar so the kids can see when you will call, and in your diary or phone calendar (with an alarm!) so you don’t forget.
(Of course, surprise phone calls are also fun, but don’t be upset if nobody is home or they are distracted by other issues and don’t have time to talk.)