Maybe this is the hot ticket with older kids. The way to show support from a distance. To pitch in and help them with stuff that they want or need to do but could use some help doing it better or bigger or cooler. There are tons of those opportunities in upper middle school projects and definitely in high school and technology gives us a way to collaborate in a way we've never had before. Or maybe it's just one more tool to add to the toolkit of a long distance parent.
Your co-parenting relationship is key to long distance parenting. These books come recommended by seasoned long distance parents.
How to smooth out a co-parenting relationship with boundaries, empathy, compassion, nonviolent communication and leading by example.
And as much as I hate to admit that Microsoft might have goodness up it's sleeve, it looks like Xbox One could be an ace in the hole for long distance parents. It takes all of those things that kind of work in virtual visitation - and piles them all into one gaming console.
Parenting is hard and it's full of tough decisions from birth and even past the time that the kid(s) are adults. The decision to be at a distance from a child is a valid or even necessary option sometimes and is one of the single toughest decisions to make. Long distance parents are not deadbeats or abandoning their kids. In fact, the decision to be apart from a child is just the first step of the tough road that they navigate to maintain a loving relationship with the child.
Long distance parents travel. A lot. Sometimes that also means companion tickets for the little ones. When my son was too small to fly unaccompanied, I would get up early…