A Site for Long Distance Parents
Good parenting is being involved, loving, caring for, and being available for a child. For long distance parents, circumstances put distance between a parent and their child. Although it’s difficult, with enough resolve, and the skills, any parent can play a big role in a child’s life – even if far away.
Long distance parent-child relationships are the product of divorce custody disputes, move-aways, working abroad or traveling long distances. Parenting is tough. Adding to that challenge, long distance parents also contend with parenting from a distance. General parenting sites, while helpful, don’t offer the support that long distance parents and children need. Enter distanceparent.org.
Distanceparent.org is meant to be a supportive, resource-rich website for long distance parents. It’s a place that long distance parents can always find helpful advice and information.
My Passion for Long Distance Parenting Community and Resources
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 searched online for others who could relate and was met with a sea of dead links, old email addresses and the taunting echos of 404 errors. And so, distanceparent.org was born.
Long distance parenting has become more commonly accepted over the years. That hasn’t ended the need for support and resources. Long distance parents still face a stigma in general parenting circles. The support of a community of long distance parents is critical.
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 :
- Holly – Holly was our very first guest contributor and has continued to be a cornerstone of the long distance parenting community.
- 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