Sometimes our work requires us to travel. Whether it’s a long, daily commute to the office, or a short overnight trip to visit a key customer or client, or an extended trip to attend a conference or convention, or perhaps a military deployment in a far-flung, remote outpost, we’re still called away from our families and homes.
As I prepare for a multi-day conference over 2,000 miles away from my wife and daughter, I’m having a difficult time reconciling the distance and time away from my girls, and I thought I’d post here to see how other husbands/fathers balance the scales of necessity between presence and provision.
I’d like to say I have some answers and ideas to this scenario, but, truthfully, I’m a bit foggy about it all at the moment. All I have is a series of questions.
What do you do to stay connected while away?
On a 1–10 scale, how much of a struggle is it for you to be away?
How do you balance earning a living and developing your career with keeping the home fires burning?
In a recent blog post at AllProDad.com, the issue of workaholism as a tolerated dysfunction (click to read) was discussed, and I’ve been chewing on it for a few days. Between that post and my upcoming trip, my wheels are spinning, and I’m leaning on this great community for other perspectives.
Post in the comments field below and let’s start a discussion. What’s it like in your world?