Sometimes circumstances put distance between a parent and their child. Distance doesn’t have to mean the end of a close, loving parent-child relationship. Parenting is about being involved, being loving and being available. Although it’s difficult to be far away, with enough resolve, any parent can plan a big role in a child’s life – whether near by or far away.
Long distance parent-child relationships can be the product of divorce custody disputes, moveaways, working abroad or traveling long distances. In order to maintain a close relationship with their child, long distance parents face a unique set of challenges and feelings that parents within close physical proximity with their children don’t face. Parenting is tough. Long distance parenting is tougher. General parenting sites, while helpful, don’t offer the support that long distance parents and children need.
Most of all, long distance parents will find hope, support and a community to connect with here. Don’t give up! Where there is a Will, there is a way!!!!!!
How The Site was Born
This site began one dreary day on February 10, 2004 in San Diego, CA. I (Carrie) was contemplating my upcoming internet visitation with my son and commiserating over how much I miss him. I got online and started looking for others who could relate to that. I got lost among a sea of dead links, old email addresses and the taunting echos of 404 errors.
Oh, they are out there, to be sure. From time to time reaching out on a message board and then disappearing. I ran across a blog entry by ‘debbieb’ who said she thought long-distance parenting must be a very rare phenomenon because she had yet to find someone who knew anything about it. I wanted to shout with joy.. only to find out that to respond, I had to pay to join the service she was blogging on. Bummer. So distanceparent.org was born.
Aside from myself, the following people have posted stories and advice to the site,contributing a great deal to what the site has to offer :
Matthew – Matthew recently began his long distance parenting arrangement with his four year old daughter after relocating to the Los Angeles area earlier this year. He is learning to navigate the emotional difficulties and challenges in trying to maintain a relationship and stay involved with such a young daughter, while embarking upon a whole new life out West.
FrequentFather – Frequent Father is a a long-distance parent of a 7 year-old son and 4 year-old daughter. After divorcing he had to leave the small town where his children’s mother lives, as he was unable to earn a living there. He has remarried and now lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with his second wife and 6 year-old stepdaughter. He chooses to remain anonymous due to ongoing custody issues, but blogs here