I don’t often get asked to sing. It’s not that I have a bad voice. I can actually hit the right keys and carry a tune. But playing the video game “Rock Band” is probably the closest I’ll get to performing live — except for each night around 9 p.m.
It’s not that I have a bad voice. I can actually hit the right keys and carry a tune. But playing the video game “Rock Band” is probably the closest I’ll get to performing live — except for each night around 9 p.m. That’s when I deliver a command performance of “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” for a VIP audience of two – my kids.
We all have family routines, those things we do on a regular basis that give our children a sense of comfort, security and togetherness. Whether taking a walk after dinner, singing a special song, or reading before bed, these activities are a welcome part of our everyday lives. However, when rituals get interrupted because of a trip no one feels it more than the traveling mom.
I recently ran into a dilemma when I took a trip to Lithuania and The Netherlands with my mom and sisters. I would be gone for two weeks. Routines such as bedtime singing would be temporarily put on hold. Fourteen days away from my family meant fourteen days without “Raindrops.” But I had a plan. I recorded myself singing our song on an old micro cassette recorder. I left the player and tape with a note on the counter. If the need arose, I knew my husband would find it. A few days into my trip I made my first connection back home. “Thanks for the recording,” he said. “We play “Raindrops” every night before bed. The kids really appreciate hearing your voice; it’s like you’re here.” There are plenty of ways to stay connected while on the road. Whether it’s a recording of a song, leaving behind notes, or calling home at bedtime, maintaining a sense of routine and familiarity can help both you and your children cope with the distance until you’re together again.