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Whether it's working in the oil fields or serving our nation overseas parenting from a distance can put a strain on both the parent and the child.

"Parenting is tough on a lot of levels and when you add distance and time zones, it can make it more difficult," says Holly Arnold, Region 2 Parent Resource Center.

But, there are ways to cope even with miles between. Scheduling a time and date where you and your child can video chat can go along way. Even with Skype or FaceTime, Arnold says there are still other ways to stay connected.

"Cause every time you make that connection, whatever it is through the mail or through text, through something that you've sent home, you're saying I'm thinking of you," says Arnold.

Being a proactive parent from a distance may help ease the time apart.

"Parenting is an action. It's one thing to be a parent but it's another thing to be in that parenting role," says Arnold.

Also, how you connect with your child depends on their age and stage of development.

"For a young child of two they really need to constantly see that absent parents face and to be talked about. And, having those videotapes where they can constantly see and hear that person," says Arnold.

Whether your child is miles away from mom or a lengthy distance from dad, Arnold says you're parent to child interaction matters. And, the more effort you make will help ease the time apart.

 

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