It is difficult to leave loved ones for an extended period of time, even if it's for work. And it's even worse if you're a parent. Children change so quickly, and being away for even six months makes a lot of difference. While your husband may be more accepting of this situation, your children do not always have the understanding that adults possess, so the thought of you leaving may be difficult for them to understand.

If you're worried about how you can help your children ease into this situation, here are tips you can use to reassure them.

For more parenting tips, check out these FN articles:

(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine; Good Advice section as "Keep It Real" in March 2007; adapted for use in Female Network)
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