Survivify: Love

How to Survivify: A Long-Distance Relationship: Family Edition

Long-distance relationships are challenging enough to begin with, but they really get complicated when children are involved. One parent typically ends up having to do the work of two, while the other parent suffers through the loss of a day-to-day connection with the kids. Without a good plan and huge amounts of trust, things could end up taking an unpleasant turn.

Maybe you are living separately due to work at a remote location or because one of you has a job requiring constant travel. Or perhaps one of you is caring for a relative. There are no easy answers, but lucky for you there are lots of other people in the same situation. Add your own coping strategies to the mix, and hopefully there are some others here that you hadn't thought of before.

Look on the bright side:

  • This too shall pass.
  • All those frequent flyer points can finance a second honeymoon someday.
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Tips from the trenches:

  • Maintain a schedule of calls and visits. Having some sort of routine will help keep your relationship on track.
  • Get the best possible family phone plan so that you don't incur massive charges.
  • Have family meetings via Skype.
  • Take videos of key events that your partner won't be able to attend.
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Words of Wisdom

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. -Friedrich Nietzsche
This is the sad bed of chosen chastity because you are miles & mountains away. -Erica Jong