Now a seasoned traveler, Woodruff has mastered the art of text messaging as a means of keeping up with her children. She also communicates with them via phone and e-mail, and creates a master list of chores and appointments before she leaves on any trip.

“Let’s face it,” says Woodruff, “great as they are, dads just don’t have their finger on the pulse of the day-to-day stuff. They don’t think about the dog’s vet appointment and the time of the twins birthday party. Mom’s in charge of the details – I think that’s just the way it goes for most women. Which of course makes it harder to be away from your kids.”

Though a dedicated mother, Woodruff admits that when you’re on the road, it’s sometimes best to let a day or two go by without checking in at home.


“I think calling them all the time actually makes the kids miss you more,” she says. “And of course it increases your guilt level. Plus it takes you out of your game.”