Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: surrounded by testosterone
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My step-son (11) lives with us and it is his Mom who has the long-distance relationship. He seems to like FB chatting and receiving letters, but he does not like being expected to write back. He feels like he does enough writing by hand, for school. He really likes getting little unexpected packages, with a note or card and random stuff like stickers, Silly Bandz, or souvenirs and freebies from places his Mom visits.
Also, I make a real point of taking tons of photos and making an album for him to take on the plane with him, when he goes out to visit her for the summer, with pictures to remind him of our fun times as a family. I put so much effort into it because we have a serious issue with his Mom trying to alienate him from his Dad. Showering a kid in that situation with photos, to remind him of his reality when with his Dad (as opposed to the version of reality his Mom paints) is a recognized way to combat P.A. However, I'd assume that small photo albums (or internet slide-shows) would be a good way to maintain the bond with any long-distance kid, even when the other parent isn't problematic.
One woman in a house full of men: my soul mate:
... twin sons:
(HS seniors) ... step-son:
(a sophomore) ... our little man:
(a first grader) ... and there is another female in the house, after all