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Spouse Professionals of all walks often find themselves packing
luggage, and leaving behind their loved ones. Committing
to one’s job is essential in every profession but when
it begins to interfere with your marriage or time spent
with your kids, stop and listen to the following tips from
Psychotherapist & LMFT Lisette Beraja.
5. talk to your
spouse. Discuss how
this situation is affecting
the marriage and about any
concerns. Reassure your spouse it is work
and that you will miss him/her. Set aside
a special day of the week to make up for
Don’t forget your kids.
Never assume that children are OK
with just mom or just dad. Talk to
your children and explain your job
commitment and how much you miss
them. Reassure them that you will be home very
soon and that they can call you at all hours of the
day if they need to.
Try to limit travel time.
If you feel the traveling is interfering
greatly in your marriage, talk to your
boss, client or the powers that be to
see if your travel time can be reduced.
Communicate daily. Pick up
the phone and call home every day.
Share your experiences and ask for
suggestions regarding important issues.
Involving the family will make them feel that they
are part of your success.
Don’t mix business with pleasure.
While traveling, the combination of
loneliness, stress, and the fact that no
one is watching is a potential recipe
for infidelity. Always maintain the values, loyalty
and commitment you’d expect of your spouse.
9. Leave & Return Quickly.
Get the job done and hop on that next
available flight. Your family needs you,
so there’s no time to waste.
Who doesn’t like a present?! In fact
any little thing you bring back home,
wrapped or not, will show that you
remembered your loved ones. It can
be anything from a box of chocolate to a key chain,
t-shirt or small souvenir.
share Your Business
Meetings. It’s so important to
get your spouse involved. A stronger
connection will result in a stronger
marriage. If you have older children, share your
business trip with them, too, even if they aren’t as
interested. You may be surprised of the discussions
that may arise.
Make up for lost time.
Spend quality time with your family the
same week you return to make up for
the time you were away. Be mentally
present. Your children and your spouse can tell when
your mind is on work. Have fun. You only live once,
so enjoy your family time as much as possible.
For more information on this and other topics, or to
schedule a consultation for you and your family, contact
Lisette Beraja by calling 305.858.7763 or visiting