My husband travels almost weekly. It was difficult at first, but we got used it. My son is 4 1/2 and my other is 13 months. When my husband is gone we try to go to my parents house for dinner or they will come here. Sometimes one of them will spend the night. Being around his grandparnets helps my son when his daddy is gone. The next best thing to daddy is grandparents right? Sometimes I take him over to Great Lakes Crossings on Wednedays. We do some shopping and then eat at Rain Forest Cafe. It is kids night. They have balloons, free face painting, clowns and much more. Kids eat for 1.99. It is something fun we do together when he is gone and it makes the fact that daddy is gone go smoother. It is also hard because he will be in Germany so I am unsure of the time change...But husband always tries to call around 8:00 to say goodnight to the kids and talk for a while. Hearing his voice even at 10months, will help with the distance. Hope some of those ideas help.