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Long Distance Parenting

How Having a Distance Parent Affects a Child

I stopped doing my happy dance just to write this post. Finally, at long last, I found it! There is some real scientific evidence on how having a long distance parent affects a child. And it’s good news! In 2011, I posted about the effects of long distance parenting on children. I offered anecdotal evidence […]

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Coronavirus, Travel, and Long Distance Parents

So, COVID-19 is now a pandemic. That means discouraging travel and travel restrictions, among other things. This has long distance parents asking “what about my visitation?”. Coronavirus and travel has specific implications to long distance parents and their kids. Although I can’t tell you what to do in your particular situation, here are some things […]

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What Long Distance Parenting Is and Is Not

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.

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Long Distance Parenting Personal Experience

The Effects of Long Distance Parenting on Children

What the effects of long distance parenting on a child might be. Links to scientific evidence, and anecdotal evidence from long distance parents.

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Dads vs Moms : Gender and Long Distance Parenting

During my (almost 20 years – yikes!) journey gathering community around long distance parenting, I’ve read and seen a lot of things regarding divorce, child custody, non-custodial parents, deadbeat parents and parental alienation syndrome. One thing that sticks out to me is how gender biased the stories typically are. I lost custody because I’m a […]

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Modern Family

Sometimes when I step back and look at my family with my kids and their families, it can take on the appearance of some sort of cobbled together patchwork of not quite perfect stories. Like stitched together pieces that sometimes aren’t exactly the right size, held together by string and intention. In my own family, […]