Remembering Your Family While Long-Haul Trucking (Part 2)
Balancing Work and Family Life
In our ongoing series on balancing work and family life as a long-haul trucker, we’re looking at ways truck drivers can stay close while working. Our next tip for truckers would be to use your travels as an educational lesson for your children. Truckers can share their adventures with their children and family members before, during and after their trip, while still teaching them a few things along the way.
Start at Home
Start at our home base. Sometimes, kids don’t know some of the historical and significant aspects of their own hometown (or state). Let’s begin with our favorite state, Georgia. Ask your children for answers to some seemingly simple questions before departing, like:
- What do you think Georgia is most well-known for (besides the obvious – our glorious peaches)?
- Besides peaches, what is Georgia a large producer of? Some may not know Georgia is also the biggest producer of pecans, peanuts, and onions, especially the sweet Vidalia varieties.
- Who are some famous historians or celebrities born in Georgia?
While away, let your children think of their answers. When catching up on the phone, have a little Q&A session with them. After they’ve answered, start over with new questions about states or cities you’re currently traveling through. Again, the goal is to make your journey as a long-haul trucker interesting and engaging with your family while away.
Bring Your Travels Home
Long-haul truckers get the opportunity to see the country in a way many never will. Use this as an opportunity to share with your family. While away, take pictures of your travels. Bring back a fun souvenir or something related to the history questions you ask your children.
Your company may even allow you to bring your children on the road. This could be an awesome opportunity to show your child what your daily work routine is like. Make it a tradition during their summer vacation that they join you a few days on the road. This would surely become a trip they will never forget.
Q&A Sessions After Your Return
Once you’re back home, sit down with your kids and let them ask you about your travels. Long-haul trucking can take you from one side of the country to the other and you will surely have a lot to share. Make this something you do every time you return. Talk about what you saw for the first time, really enjoyed, what may have been a disappointment, etc. Let your family feel like they were a part of the journey the whole time.
Long-haul trucking is a difficult yet rewarding job. Stay focused on your job but also make your travels an adventure for both you and your family. The memories made will stay with you and your loved ones for years to come.