In episode 9, I discuss how to talk to your children about work related responsibilities that take time away from them – such as deadlines, meetings, and projects – in a way that helps them understand and clears up misunderstandings that may lead your kids to think that you don’t want to spend time with them.
What you say versus what your kids hear.
We may think we’re being really clear when we tell our kids we have a meeting or a deadline, but when we say, “Daddy has to work long tonight so we can’t watch a movie,” they may think it means you’d rather work than hang out with them.
Use language your kids understand.
Instead of just saying you have a meeting or that you have to work late, explain it in a way that makes sense to them in language they understand. Use examples of why you have to keep a deadline that are in line with their own experiences.
At the end of the day, let them know they’re the most important thing.
Be sure to remind your kids how much you love them and that everything you do you’re doing for them.