When it comes to parenting through divorce, a system of joint parenting usually benefits the child the most.
However, there are plenty of situations in which a parent cannot physically be present in the child’s life as often as they may wish. What can they do in that situation, when they must rely on long-distance parenting?
Empowering Parents discusses ways to stay close to kids when dealing with long-distance parenting. One of the most important things is to create a schedule and stick to it regarding communication. This shows that you have a sustained interest in your child’s life, and also makes you appear reliable to them.
Pick comfortable communication methods
The choice of communication method is also important. Some children may feel more connected through audio conversations. Others may prefer Zoom calls or video chats. Others still might like texting best. By putting your child’s preferences first, you can meet them where they are most comfortable.
Have meaningful conversations
The context of these moments of communication is perhaps the most important of all. Be sure to invest time and attention into your child’s life. Let them know that you care about them and remember the details of their day-to-day. This can help them feel closer to you and also grow your bond.
Finally, take what time you can to actually meet up with them in person every so often. Though it is not strictly necessary for maintaining a close relationship, it does help a child to have the physical presence of a parent with them.