Advice for parents on how to balance your business trip with your family life

Samantha Ettus, MBA, offers tips for working moms for when they leave their family for a business trip.
Working mom tips: How to balance your family's needs with your business trips
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Advice for parents on how to balance your business trip with your family life

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So, as a working mom, business trips can be very stressful because leaving the family for three days during the school week is very hard, right? But there are things you can do to minimize that stress. One is not doing it spur of the moment. Tell your kids a few days in advance that you're going to be traveling and that they will be in good hands with either their dad or their aunt or a nanny, who ever it is that they are in good hands. So making them feel confident about it. Not talking too much about your guilt because if they know that mom is going somewhere, to do something that's important and she's proud off they'll feel better about your trip. And also, you want to prepare as much as possible. So telling the teachers in advance that you're going to be away so that, may be they don't give extra homework that night or they're a little easier on your child. They give them a little more TLC at school. And also, recently I went away and my husband got very upset with me. He said,"I prepared like a four page manifesto of every detail that needed to happen" and he said you're setting me up for failure. Teach me these things in advance so that every time you are away I just know what to do. And it's so true. If you teach your team, whether it's your spouse or your nanny, what to do when you're gone then every business trip will be a lot easier.

Samantha Ettus, MBA, offers tips for working moms for when they leave their family for a business trip.

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Samantha Ettus, MBA

Lifestyle Expert for Working Moms

Sam is the leading lifestyle and parenting expert for working women. Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Sam has coached thousands of women - celebrities, entrepreneurs, top CEO's and professional athletes - who aim to perform at the highest levels in both their professional and personal lives.

Sam is a bestselling author of four Random House books and a Contributor to Forbes and Disney’s parenting site, Babble. She hosts a nationally syndicated radio show for working moms and the Conference for Women’s monthly radio show, “Office Hours.”

Sam hosted leading online talk show, Obsessed TV and is known for her interviewing skills. She has interviewed countless luminaries from Al Roker to Bethenny Frankel and Mary J. Blige. Sam has made hundreds of local and national TV appearances and is a sought after speaker at corporations, conferences and colleges.

Sam aims to practice what she preaches in her daily life as a mother of three and wife of entrepreneur, Mitch Jacobs. 

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