How to Stay Close to Your Children, Even When They’re Far Away
Parents and children require frequent contact and communication to maintain a loving bond. Perhaps this is why so many court orders for fit and loving parents require “frequent and continuing contact” for the Non Custodial Parent.
Unfortunately, “move aways” are all too common among Custodial Parents. A better job, moving closer to relatives and numerous other reasons are too frequently put above the irreparable harm caused by children being moved away from their Non Custodial Parent. Nothing is worth the long term harm done to the child. Nothing. A court may deem the move as legal, but that doesn’t make it right.
And when the move is made for no other reason than to further hurt the Non Custodial Parent, the damage done to the children is even greater. In these cases, even phone calls and letters are sometimes thwarted. Summer visitations and every other holiday amount to the Non Custodial parent and the child(ren) being robbed of momentous occasions in their child’s life. Loss of first tooth, first bike ride without training wheels, first cannonball in a pool; none of those events can be scheduled or planned for. They are simply missed. Sitting down to help with homework, standing at the kitchen sink doing dishes together, pulling weeds in the garden; all of these activities and a thousand more are daily events that a Non Custodial parent and their child are deprived from doing together.
Once the distance is put between the children and the Non Custodial Parent, i t takes a lot of time and effort to think of fun and creative activities that you can do at a distance with your children. We hope you will use these activities and share the additional activities that you do with your children. We can then post the activities on our site for the benefit of other long distance parents. Some of these ideas came from a wonderful website at www.momsovermiles.com