4 Tips for Long Distance Parenting

Parenting is challenging for anyone and that challenge is compounded when long distance parenting is part of the family dynamic. This adds an extra element of complexity that the family unit must make amends for and thus overcome. It is possible to have a healthy relationship with a child even if you must be far away. A few things to keep in mind and utilize will help make long distance parenting just as rewarding, enriching and loving as if you had the ability to physically be present all the time.

1. Consistency is Key

One of the issues facing children who have a parent that is away is that the child may feel, at times, left behind. This happens in cases where that absent parent is away for work or family purposes and thus cannot be a part of the family in a physical manner. It is imperative to make communication with the child consistent and routine. This will help the child adjust to the situation and never doubt the role of the long distance parent.

2. Fun and Enthusiasm

Long distance parenting has one pitfall and that is not being able to be there for the tears and the laughter that a child goes through on a daily basis. You can make the best of your situation by making sure to stay upbeat and positive when talking to your child. You should tell a few jokes, listen intently to their stories and ask a ton of questions so that the child feels missed, loved and cared for by the parent who is not there. Make sure to be as enthusiastic as possible when communicating with your child will go a long way in making them feel important to you.

3. Incorporate Technology In To Your Talks

One great advantage to being a long distance parent in today’s world is that various forms of technology and devices can make the experience richer and more rewarding. Though it is great to be able to talk and hear each other’s voice over the phone; one cannot neglect video chatting and messaging that allow you to see your child as you are having those nightly chats about what happened that day. Smart phones, tablet computers, mobile devices and even laptops can be easily updated to incorporate these types of technology so that when you talk to your child you can see them and watch their expression as you listen, laugh and love.

4. Sending Little Presents Back and Forth

It is a great feeling to get a care package or even a card in the mail as it shows you that someone is thinking of you. This can be a tool used for those in long distance parenting situations. The child can routinely make and send letters, artwork or even schoolwork to the parent not in the home so they feel part of the everyday routine of the child. In addition, the parent can send little things to the child from time to time as kids simply adore getting mail.

The right approach to long distance parenting is different for everyone as no two situations are the same. You will always know your child best and thus you can make your interactions with your child ones that meet their emotional needs and make both you and your child feel connected, in tune with one another and as if you were not even separated by distance.

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This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Masters degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for www.4nannies.com. She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: christine.4nannies @ gmail.com.
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