Treasure hunt

If you are going to be away for a stretch either working on site or travelling, hide “treasure” around the house before you leave – notes of appreciation, small treats, poems or jokes, small toys, etc – one for each day you are going to be away. Then send a clue each day to your child via text or phone as to where an item might be.

(You might need to leave a backup list of where the treasure is hidden with your partner at home in case your child has trouble interpreting your clues.)


Create special times with your children

Arrange to spend time with each of your children on a regular basis.


Plan ahead

If you work away from home or travel a lot, here's a tip: a little planning can help make your spare time while away from your children more valuable.