Trying to stay involved in your children’s lives when they move away with the other parent is a tough situation. However, modern technology makes it a lot easier.
Parents Magazine explains you will have to do a lot more work to stay a part of your children’s lives and to maintain a good relationship, but it is worth it in the long run.
Consider a move
If you can follow your children to their location, that is ideal, but even if you can’t, you may be able to make a move that will help. You could find a new place to live closer to the airport or near the bus line. Make it easier for the children to get to you and it will go a long way towards ensuring you can keep up your connection.
Set up communication
Communication is key when you are long-distance parenting. You need to be able to know what is going on. You want to have a clear line of communication with the other parent and with your children if they are old enough. It may be challenging if they are too young to have their own mobile devices, but you and the other should have a plan in place to ensure you can easily talk to them whenever you want.
Even if your child does not have a mobile device, you can still use technology to help you stay in the loop. Join the email list for his or her school or afterschool activities so you know what is going on. Record videos for the child that the other parent can play for them. Get creative about all the different options and ways you can use technology to stay connected.
It will take more work to stay in your children’s lives if you live far apart, but in the end, it is all worth it.