A New Tradition

As a result of travel costs being higher on that particular weekend, I was unable to visit my daughter on her birthday this year. I was able to go a few weeks later and bring presents but I wanted to do something extra special for her on that day. I arranged to have balloons delivered to her school. I did not tell her in advance about the surprise. This was such a big hit with her that I’ve already decided to make it a birthday tradition!

If anyone has creative ideas for celebrating birthdays, holidays, or any other special day, please let us know!



I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful open community where parents can come and share their experiences in a non-threatening environment and without fear of criticism or judgment. I have been a long distance mom for almost two years now. The living arrangement I have with one of my children is not ideal but my current husband and I are doing our best to make it work. Being a long distance mom has been such an unparalleled experience for me that I have found it difficult to find others with which to talk about issues that are unique to being a long distance mom – until now. The image of long distance parents (moms especially) is in desperate need of a makeover. I think it is important for all of us, whether we are distance parents by choice or by circumstance, to focus on maintaining a happy, healthy family life. That’s where the forums on this site come in. This is a place to share ideas, vent frustrations, and receive emotional support from others in similar situations. I have several ideas for topics that I think will be interesting to explore including social stigma, long separations, visitation, legal issues, financial issues, holidays, travel, non-supportive people, etc. In sharing my personal stories, I’m hoping to help others know that they are not alone in the challenge of being a long distance parent.

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