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Can you make long distance co-parenting work?

On Behalf of | May 6, 2022 | Child Custody

Long-distance co-parenting happens quite often these days. One parent may serve in the military, work a job that requires a lot of traveling, or may even need to spend time taking care of ill or injured relatives.

Of course, there are many ways to make long-distance parenting work. It is important to try out these methods and find which suits your situation best.

Focus on quality first

Onward looks into the potential tips suitable for successful long-distance co-parenting. First, it is important to note that in these situations, quality is more important than quantity. Chances are, you are not going to get to spend the amount of time you want to with your kids. This is the toughest part of long-distance co-parenting. You may only have time for a call a day, or maybe even a call a week, depending on your job.

So maximize that time. Know what you want to say. Know what your child needs from you. Show a healthy amount of interest in their life and let them know you are paying attention to them and keeping them in mind, even as far away as you are.

Sticking to a schedule

To that end, even though you should try sticking to a regular call schedule, remember to throw in some surprises now and then. For example, call your child to wish them luck before a big presentation, or to ensure they are safe before heading out on a trip with friends.

Taking steps to show you are involved in their life to the degree you can be, without seeming overbearing or smothering, is the best way to create and maintain meaningful connections from afar.