My husband works very long hours. Most of the time, not always, he leaves early in the morning before our baby gets up, and then he comes home late at night after she is asleep. I am starting to worry that his absence will make a difference in her development. Is there anything special I should do to make up for this imbalance? He doesn’t like the situation any more than I do, but right now there seems to be nothing that we can do about it.
You are actually already doing the exact right thing–being aware of the situation. Life is a big wide open book, jam-packed with responsibilities of all kinds. However, the good part is that it is also full of many different options and possibilities. Mostly there are so many choices and decisions to make that it is hard to know exactly what to do about almost anything–meals, toys, activities, art, music, play, etc.
Therefore, keep doing what you’re doing. Love and care are what your baby needs the most. How you actually carry them out is secondary. As long as you both know that his presence is important, you will work that out. Life is and always will be changing, a work in progress. There is no rush. You two have a lifetime to handle this challenge and to make the most of the time you have to share with your baby.
November! The Month of Giving Thanks
In keeping with the question just asked, be as thankful as possible everyday all day for what you and your family are able to do together. At the same time continue looking for new and different ways.
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