Planning Worksheet for When Mom Goes Out of Town

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I’m leaving. On a jet plane. I do know when I’ll be back again – on Sunday. I’ll be attending the Blissdom Conference in Nashville, meeting Dave Ramsey (or at least seeing his face in the same room), and keeping my eyes peeled for Sarah Palin who will be speaking at another conference in the same hotel.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, FishPapa’s got things covered. He is one of the most capable men I know. So, I’m not worried — except that the fam is still fighting a grunge of a cold. Hate to leave when they are under the weather. But, realistically, the worst that can happen is that they all spend 4 days in jammies, eating pancakes, watching tv and playing video games. Life could be worse.

That said, I do feel some responsibility in taking off for such an extended time. So, I’m doing my best to leave my nest in order and with ample provisions in the cupboard and freezer. Since I’m all about getting my life in order, I also whipped up this planning worksheet, While Mama’s Away, so that FishPapa will have at his fingertips any necessary information. I’m hoping that it will help him with the little details (what to eat, what to do for fun, who’s on call to lend a helping hand) and make life a little easier for everyone. Feel free to borrow it if it helps you next time you travel cross-country — or just around the block.

So, I guess I better get back to my packing. Do you think these shoes will be okay?

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  1. Thanks for this. I’ll be leaving my daughter (19 mo now) with my husband in a few months…the first time I’ve been away more than one night! This might just help him!

  2. I’m laughing out loud right now, because I’m leaving in the morning with 2 toddlers in tow. Leaving my dear husband all alone for a week while I spend time with family and friends out of state. I thought I was the only mom out there who writes notes like this for her husband when she goes away. Now I know I’m not alone. I even wrote down that it would be a great opportunity for him to go out shopping for himself, see a movie with his uncle and a little hint reminding him that Valentines Day is a few days after I return and that he might want to arrange a sitter so we can go out! I just printed out your sheet so I’m going to fill it in with all this great info! Thanks! Hope you have a great trip!

  3. I’m interested in seeing this worksheet, but the link just comes back to this page. Is the sheet still available somewhere?