It was a big undertaking to leave my husband to be Mr. Mom while I was in Cambodia for 2 weeks! Not only did he have an audit to run at his bank but he also had to run the household, keep our daughter alive and fed, keep my plants alive, and have the house somewhat in one piece when I got home!
He’s an amazing husband and daddy but he is also at work most of the day, 5 days a week, so I figured it was safe to assume that he didn’t know everything that needed to be done on a day-to-day basis around the house. Malea is out of school for summer vacation so she had a lot of activities, including ballet rehearsals, a recital and more!
To take some of the pressure off Matt, I decided to create a few spreadsheets for him (he’s a banker so he loves spreadsheets).
The first spreadsheet I made was a list of Malea’s activity schedule, including dates and times that she needed to be place. It also included important phone numbers (like the babysitter!).
The next spreadsheet was of Malea’s daily routine, including all her mealtimes, nap times, etc.
The last spreadsheet I made him was a list of chores that needed to be done/maintained while I was gone. When I’m home he does help out with the chores but I wasn’t sure if he’d know everything that needed to be done, so I wrote it all out for him, including what days each thing needed to be done.
These were easy for me to create in Excel and I knew it would take all the guesswork, and stress, out of it for Matt. Having a printed out schedule made it so he didn’t have to try to remember everything. I knew if I just told him what needed to be done, then some things would have been forgotten since he had so much on his mind! I’m not going to lie, when I first put these up on the fridge he didn’t like all the lists but when I got home he said he was so thankful I had made them because it made his life so much easier while I was gone.
I also wanted them to have a lot of fun while I was gone so I made an envelope and filled it full of coupons, gift cards, spending money and other ideas for things they could do.
I put this on the fridge so it would be right where they could see it and plan their activities each day.
When I got home there were only a few things left in the envelope, they had A LOT of fun while I was gone!
Here’s what it all looked like on the fridge, including an envelope for my husband to open on Father’s Day (since I was gone for Father’s Day) and a list of simple meals he could make, that I had bought ingredients for.
Another idea you could arrange for your husband, would be to coordinate days for your husband to drop the kids off at a friends house, to give him a little break. I know while I was gone my mother-in-law was awesome and took Malea to the water park a few days, which gave Matt a much needed break from being Mr. Mom. I also coordinated for my best friend to take Malea on Father’s Day so Matt could have the day to go running, or do whatever he wanted.
These are just a few ideas for how I organized my husband while I was traveling. Have you ever left your husband with the kids for a long (or short) period of time? How did you keep him organized, and keep the kids alive?