Long Distance Parent Tool Kit

Parenting is a skill-set and long distance parenting adds a layer of complexity. Having the right long distance parenting tools on hand makes it easier and less stressful. This long distance parent tool kit will get you started with a list of things every new long distance parent should have at the ready. We cover getting through the initial adjustment, and how to create your long distance parenting plan in other posts. Here, we will talk about the more practical day to day long distance parenting tools like schedules, supplies. Build a Habit of Staying In Touch In the pressure …

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Ideas for Long Distance Parents to do for and with Your Kids

A common question that long distance parents have is  ‘how can I stay close to my child, when I’m long distance?’. Of course, there are a ton of ways to stay close to your kids; there are even books on ideas for long distance parents! Part of your long distance parenting lifestyle will be to plan ahead of time for these ideas. Here is a list of a few things a long distance parent can do that can help you and your kids feel close together, even if you are far away. Ideas for Things To Do With Your Kids, …

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The Power of Positivity, and Forgiveness

About 6 months ago, I said to a friend that I could never forgive my ex for what she’d done. “I’m not Ghandi” I said, “…and I never will be”. And I honestly thought that would never change… Especially so soon after I’d said it. Maybe I needed to hear myself say those words in order to fully understand what they meant? I’m not sure… But whatever the reason, I am thankful that I do now understand the relief that comes from letting go of old grudges. ‘To improve is to change”, as a wise old soul once said, so …

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Off to College – Long Distance Parenting

My son went off to college last fall.  In many  ways, it was the end of what had been a very long long distance co-parenting saga.  He would turn 18 shortly after leaving for college.  No more child support.  No more wrangling school and travel stuff with my co-parent.  We had reached the finish line. In many ways, our relationship is changing in the same way most relationships between young adults and their parents change.  He’s coming to a better understanding of how real, pressing and heavy adult responsibilities can be and he has, more than once, expressed gratitude to me for things …

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The Long Game – Co-Parents Forever

I sat in the plain waiting room that took up one side of the double wide trailer behind the courthouse. As per usual, they said “be there at 8” and meant “we’ll be ready for you at 10”. A younger mom in her twenties leaned over to her child’s father and said something quietly. He laughed. I tried to imagine their story. What could have landed them in the department of child support office together so young, yet still friends? A man came out of the hallway and called some names. A man in his late forties, who had been …

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The Firing Squad

Three years ago my kids moved to another state across the country from me with their dad. He and I realized it was time to release one another to live separate lives so we could both be happy. With a great deal of respect and love for one another, we carefully constructed a new arrangement for our family. I live in Colorado, they live in Vermont. I travel to Vermont every month to spend time with them, staying in the house where they live with their dad, my ex-husband. They spend summers with me in Colorado. Aside from the obvious …

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