Help us understand what it’s like to live in each others’ shoes.

Traveling for work has become a bit of a drag. I like going to meetings, seeing new places, and hammering out a lot of work in a short period of time, but I miss my family when I’m gone. 

Talk to any parent who travels and they’ll tell you how difficult it is to be away from your younger kids. Think it’s difficult getting how their day was in person? Try over the phone. Or Skype. When we Skype, all my daughter wants to do is make funny faces, which I love, but it doesn’t really do anything to connect us.

I’ve looked at blogs in the past about how to connect with your kids when you’re traveling. One of the things that most say is to bring a stuffed animal from your kid’s room and you’ll feel better connected to them. You could even bring it with you and take photos of it in whatever environment you’re in and send the pictures home. 

How is there not a product that exists for this purpose? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a two-part stuffed animal, perhaps a toad and a tadpole, and the kid(s) keeps the tadpole at home and the parent brings the toad on the road and they can each take pictures of what they’re doing during the day. 

And don’t just stop at travel. I want to know what it’s like to be at my daughter’s school. The teacher could have a camera or use her phone to take pictures of each kid’s animals on special days and send them home or post them on the school’s blog. Conversely, I could show her what it’s like to be at a meeting or in my office.