While most co-parents want to live at a close distance to one another to facilitate easy visitation, this is not always possible.
In the event that one co-parent must move to a great distance, how can both parties make long-distance co-parenting work?
Adapting to technology
Onward App looks into ways to maximize parenting time as a long-distance co-parent. It is still possible to have a meaningful connection even at a distance, especially in today’s world of technology. Parents looking to establish a high quality of contact when they cannot rely on a high quantity should learn their way around technology.
It helps to understand how a child prefers to receive communication from their distanced parent, first of all. Do they like phone calls or text messages? Do they enjoy face-to-face communication via video chat?
How often do they enjoy communication, too? Some kids like to have plenty of contact with both parents, while others may need a little more space because they feel smothered more easily.
Communication between co-parents
Of course, it is also important for co-parents to keep an open avenue of communication between the two of them, too. Breakdown of communication is the easiest way to cause unnecessary stress and misunderstandings, which can put a strain on the entire family dynamic.
Whether this long-distance situation is a short-term or long-term thing, it is important to focus on the quality of time spent together. In doing this, it is possible to create meaningful moments and memories even from afar.