Are you a mom with young children wanting to go on a short term mission trip but nervous about leaving the kids at home for a couple of weeks? Recently we asked some moms who had faced this challenge themselves to offer encouragement and advice for others who are considering a trip. They had some great things to say!
“Nervous is normal! It's hard on a mommy's heart to leave her children but she can do it! It's only for a week or so and if her children are like mine- they will miss her while she is away but will have lots of fun with daddy and other family/friends.”
“It was much harder for us than it was for them. No ‘mad at mommy’ moments or forgetting us or anything that we worried about. They loved the time with family and friends while we were gone.”
“Make a paper chain of how many days she is going to be gone so they can have a countdown to when she returns. My kids love this.”
“I was nervous when I left too, but it’s a chance to show your kids what is worth sacrificing for. It lets them be a part of the mission as well. It’s something that they can give to help others. I think it’s a great way to set an example for the children to grow up as givers and compassionate loving people when they see their parents live that first hand.”
“Before I left, I helped the two older kids to make a countdown that each day they could tear a number off the top to help them know how many more days till mommy came home. I also left little prizes from me for the kids each day I was gone, everything from candy to fun sandwich cutters to games and movies. Everybody did great! We also [Skyped] to help us make it through; pretty cool to see and talk to your family from the other side of the world.”