Three tools for parents coping with business travel

Recently we talked about how important it is to take vacations. In the US, though, summer vacation season ended with the recent Labor Day holiday, and most schools are back in session.


That got us thinking about how business travelers with children balance their work travel schedules with family schedules. After all, homework assignments have to be completed, sports practices have to be attended, and goodnight well-wishes have to be given, even during a week-long business trip to another hemisphere.



What tools do people use to make life easier? How do parents stay focused on what matters most? We posed these questions to our social networks and got some great answers.



Get schooled in technology

Supermom and CrossFit enthusiast Chrissy Ouellette spent a lot of time traveling back and forth across the U.S. for work in her most recent roles in tech sales and portfolio management. When she travels, she makes use of school apps that tell her when kids’ assignments are due and when grades are posted. The school app will even allow her to add money to accounts remotely when kids’ lunch funds are low. If your school doesn’t have one yet, companies like SchoolInfoApp can point your district in the right direction.



Face off

“Whirling tour de force of social power” and devoted father Neil Cohen uses Skype to keep in touch during international travel. “Face to face is the only way. Cheaper too,” he says. He traveled extensively in his most recent role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Visage Mobile, and just returned from a trip to work with startups in Mexico City. FaceTime also came up as a popular tool for face-to-face connection with family while traveling for work.



If it’s not in the calendar, it won’t happen

Concur marketer Kerri Shigo juggles a busy travel schedule and family activities. To manage that, her family keeps all their calendars in iPhones via iCal. She also keeps track of sports practices and games by using sites like TeamSnap.

What tools do you use to manage work and family schedules so that you can focus on what matters most? What couldn't you live without?



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