How to Keep a Long Distance Relationship with Your Child

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26-09-2016, 21:15
There are a number of things that you can do to keep a long distance relationship with a child. It's important that you stay involved in the child's life, so that they know they have a stable family member to rely on. Modern technology makes that easier than ever.

Staying in touch

  1. Talk on the phone regularly. People often wonder what my mother's telephone bill is like because she calls me daily. The truth is, she calls me for free because she made sure to get a cellular phone that includes free long distance. Even if you cannot talk daily, set up a regular call schedule that you will both commit to.
  2. Set a time for video chat every day. Use a tool such as Skype.
  3. When you do talk, do not consider any detail too small to mention. Keep in mind that if you lived around the corner from each other you would know that your mother cut her finger while slicing bread. Filling each other in on the everyday happenings in life can make you feel more connected.
    • Ask your child about school activities. Appreciate your child, and tell your child how much you miss them and how proud you are of them.

Keeping each other updated on happenings

  1. Send pictures frequently. Email, digital cameras and the Internet are a lifesaver in this regard! There are so many websites that allow you to set up a free photo album to share with family and friends. Take advantage of it.
  2. Create an online diary. There are a lot of websites that offer free online web logs (sometimes referred to as blogs). You can get one that is password protected so you choose who gets to read it.

Sharing things together

  1. Find out what TV shows your child likes to watch. Call your child right before the TV show and say you are going to watch it, too. Watch the TV show, then call your child when it's finished to discuss the show. You're not in the same room but you've shared the same experience.
  2. If your child has a favorite book or a book series, find out which one your child is reading. Read the same book and then discuss it with your child.

Catching up in person

  1. Visit at least twice a year. If you take turns doing the travelling, you each only have to travel once per year, but get to spend time together twice.


  • Buy educational toys and send them regularly.
  • If your work or business means that you're too busy for daily catch-ups, be sure to catch up at least weekly, at a pre-determined time that does not get shifted for anything other than an emergency either end. That way, your child comes to rely on at least one time slot per week as a real deal.
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