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Personal Experience

What She Needs

I was always taught that there are very few times when a grown man should cry – Funerals, and that sort, I suppose. My own personal list, however, of permissible occasions for a man to tear up a bit definitely includes those few minutes when I am returning my daughter to her mother after a week […]

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Personal Experience

Letter to My Supportive Partner

Having recently (within the last year or so) become a long distance parent, I’ve done some considerable reading on how best to maintain a relationship with my daughter and cope with the multitude of emotions involved. Of all of the advice I’ve read, perhaps the most important thing is to have a strong support system […]

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Personal Experience

Sorry, Not Sorry

To Whom it Really Doesn’t Concern, I’m sorry if you somehow felt uncomfortable that I smiled and said “hi” to your little girl while as we crossed paths the other evening. Yeah, I’m the early-30-something guy walking up and down the aisles of the local grocery store, alone with my list in hand, but I assure […]

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Just another day at the office

“She’s just 4 years old. Don’t take it personally.” This is what I’m often reminded, by my girlfriend, my mom and even myself, at least a few times per week. And deep down, I know that they’re right. I shouldn’t take offense to the fact that my little princess doesn’t really like to talk on the phone, she […]

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Personal Experience

My Story of Parental Kidnapping and Parental Alienation

Parental Kidnapping and alienation are, unfortunately, part of many long distance parenting stories. When one parent removes a child from the custody of another parent without permission, that’s Parental kidnapping or parental abduction. Parental Alienation occurs when one parent indoctrinates a child with negative information about another parent in ways that fracture the child’s relationship […]

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How-Tos

How do I Talk to My Child About Moving?

This is a common question from new long distance parents. You’ve agonized over the decision. Now you need to talk to your child about moving away. There is no one size fits all answer or conversation template but these steps should get you moving in the right direction. Plan Your Conversation Positives, Negatives, Remedies If […]