Strange Jay, we seem to have worked abroad at the same time in our kids lives. All in all I lost two or three years of their growing up - luckily it was in 6week to 3 month blocks mostly, so I did get back and see changes. But nevertheless it's time that you just can't compensate for with money. But at that time it felt like an obligation to say 'yes' to working away. Still, the last 10 years, I've worked mainly from home, so I caught/made up at the tail end of their teen years.