44. Part-time parents
Fed up with feeling frozen out after business trips? Buying an overpriced model aeroplane or Bratz doll might make you feel less guilty, but it won’t thaw those frosty pre-teenage hearts. We’ve learned secrets from successful part-timers, and we’re willing to pass them on.
Separation, divorce, being a member of the armed forces, working abroad, frequent business trips and long-distance lorry driving are just a few of the many reasons people find themselves being a part-time parent.
Coming home only to be given the cold shoulder by the children sucks. We’ve found knowing what to expect helps part-time parents with awkward reunions. Babies cry and sometimes pull back when a part-time parent returns and ...