Staying Connected When Apart

A Quick Guide for Being A Present Dad When Living Apart

Dads living apart from their children face a unique challenge in staying present. Here are some strategies to bridge the distance and create a strong connection:

Maximize Scheduled Visits:

Plan Activities, Not Just Visits: Instead of just hanging out, plan activities you can both enjoy. This could be playing games, cooking together virtually, reading the same book and discussing it later, or watching a movie online simultaneously.

Be Consistent: Stick to your visitation schedule as much as possible. This provides stability and predictability for your child.

Make the Most of Visits: Be fully present during scheduled visits. Put away distractions like phones and focus on connecting with your child.

Embrace Technology

Video Calls are Key: Schedule regular video calls throughout the week, even if it's just for a short check-in. Seeing each other face-to-face makes a big difference.

Bedtime Stories Get a Tech Upgrade: Read bedtime stories via video call or record yourself reading and send it over.

Stay Connected Through Apps: Explore apps designed for shared experiences, like drawing games or collaborative story-building apps.

Stay Involved in Daily Life

Regular Phone Calls: Initiate phone calls to chat about their day, ask questions, and offer support. This shows you're interested in the details of their life.

Goodnight Texts: Send a quick goodnight text or voicemail every night. This small gesture lets them know you're thinking of them before bed.

Be Part of Decisions: Discuss important decisions with your co-parent and be available to offer your input on your child's life.

Maintain a Positive Relationship with Co-parent

Focus on Co-parenting, Not Competition: Work together with your co-parent to create a stable and supportive environment for your child.

Respect Co-parent Time: Avoid bad-mouthing your co-parent or trying to sabotage their time with your child.

Open Communication is Key: Maintain open communication with your co-parent to ensure consistency and avoid confusion for your child.

By being creative, proactive, and staying involved, dads living apart from their children can build strong and lasting bonds.

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