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.)

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Create special times with your children

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

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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.