Some divorced Illinois parents may find themselves living long-distance from their children for work or other reasons. While this can be difficult, there are many things parents can do to keep the bond strong.
First, parents should keep the focus on quality of visits over quantity. They may not be able to see their children as often, but when they do, they can make sure the time counts. One way to do this is by ensuring that the child remains the focus of the visit. If the parent is dating someone, this is probably not the time to introduce the child unless the relationship is serious. Even then, parents should spend most of their time alone with the child. Some children may prefer when parents come to visit them, and parents should talk to them about what their preferences are.