Going on a Trip? Make a Child Turnover List.

Photo from MarthaStewart.com

Recently, I got a tip from Martha Stewart to put care markers on your plants when going on vacation.  This will help your house-sitter (in Manila, your helper) know how best to take care of your plants.  Per Martha, put watering and cutting instructions and stick them there on a laminated card.

Unlike my parents, I’m not much of a plant person (actually, keep them away from me because I’m sure they will die — but of natural causes, mind you).  This tip, however, reminds me of when we travel and leave our daughter like our long trip to NY or recently, Japan.

My nanny is already trained with mega instructions and M’s day schedules because we started doing this since she was a baby – even if I would just be away for a few hours (actually, even if I was just in the house!).

When we went to NY, I left a 26-page document making 5 copies: 1 to my office admin assistant as a reference file, 1 to my mom, 1 to my MIL, 1 to my SIL, 1 to yaya.  (If it’s any consolation to the environmentalists, I printed back-to-back, thanks to my amazing Canon printer.)

This time around, I just left a 1-page excel file and a 3-page Musts file (Of course, this trip was just 9 days and I’m so proud I was able to edit.).  My friend Tanya and I joke around that Edsa Shang should have a “Child Hotel” where you can leave your child/ren there with instructions and let them have a great time to assuage your parental vacation-away-from-you guilt.  They probably might just enjoy it way too much and not come home with you anymore.

My 1-Page Sched File for M. Names and places changed for fear of kidnapping.

Do you have a child turnover file for when you go away on vacation?  Share it with me. =)
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0 Responses to Going on a Trip? Make a Child Turnover List.

  1. mymommyology says:

    why is it color coded yellow green then blue?

    i guess as they get older it’s much easier to be more flexible since they themselves have their routine and choice laid out in their head.

    • Location-based color-coding =) One Lola looks at yellow, another at green. Then blue, she goes back home.

      On one hand it’s easier. On the other hand, she is also exhibiting so much drama now that she is so clingy. She wants to go to the bathroom with me! I tell you, we’ll never figure it out until they’re 40.

    • I guess another trick is to train while you’re around – train the yaya, train the lolas. =) So when you’re gone, it will be easier for them and your child.

  2. Tanya says:

    I’d just leave a bowl of food and water for mine. Hahaha! I wish!

    Pilar has a daily schedule during weekdays and it’s free for all on weekends. Remind me to show it to you some time. John says the guys training for the military have a less rigid schedule than she does. But all the kid shrinks agree that from ages 2 onwards kids thrive on a schedule. Doesn’t have to be broken down per minute but it helps if you break their day up into hourly or bi-hourly chunks. Just so they know what happens next and feel some semblance of control. I do give Pilar 2 hours a day on a school day just do whatever the hell she wants, but aside from that I own her a$@. :-)

  3. Wow this is awesome! My best friend has the same thing for their daily schedule. And I was so impressed! I should have a DiploWife turnover schedule too – life is too flexible when you don’t have kids yet! =P

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