Co-parenting is beneficial not only to the children of divorce in numerous important ways, but it is also beneficial to parents. It helps keep a strong bond between all parties even after a major shift in everyone’s lives.
But how do you proceed in the event that you have to move away from your co-parent and child? Is it still possible to co-parent even then?
Spending quality time
Onward discusses some long-distance parenting tactics that you can use. Essentially, it is always possible to co-parent, even if you have to take some time away from your family. This may happen for any number of reasons, such as taking care of a sick or aging relative or touring with the military.
In these cases, it is important to focus on the quality of the time you spend with your children rather than the quantity. Needless to say, you will not get as much in-person time with them as your co-parent and this is something you must simply cope with.
Creating genuine connections
Try to maximize what you can give to your children in your time together instead of worrying about how often you can call them. Remember what they are doing and what is going on in their lives and show interest in it. Connect with them on their level. Reach out to them in a way that makes them feel comfortable, loved and remembered.
As for your co-parent, always keep your avenues of communication open. It is just as important now as it ever is to ensure you are on the same page, especially when you cannot discuss things face to face in person.