Nobody enjoys being away from their child, whether it’s for one night or two weeks. It can be even harder if you’re in a different city or state. Co-parenting is difficult on its own, but when you add distance to the mix, it can feel overwhelming.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to make the miles between you and your child feel not so far. With the help of technology and a little creativity, here are four ways you can keep your relationship strong despite the distance:

  1. Use multiple forms of communication. Your communication should extend past phone calls. FaceTime your child to read them a bedtime story. Send a good-morning text. Email a funny video. Keeping communication interactive and interesting will benefit both you and your child.
  2. Exchange little gifts. You don’t want to miss out on the drawings, stories and projects that your child creates at school and home. Encourage them to send you some by providing envelopes and stamps. Return the favor by mailing funny postcards and special video recordings.
  3. Ask about their interests. When you’re not living in the same home, you may not hear about your child’s latest obsessions. Remember to ask them about movies, music and books. Not only will this keep you up to date, it’ll give you the opportunity to read up on their interests.
  4. Consider special arrangements. You may see your child on weekends, or perhaps summer vacations. If possible, you and your ex should also consider special trips and arrangements. This can spice things up and keep your relationship with your child strong.

Although you live far from your child, your relationship doesn’t need to suffer. By following these simple tips, you may be able to keep your connection as strong as ever.