(Closed) Family distance … how do you cope?

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If I lived only 30 minutes tops from my family, I would be ecstatic!  I live eight hours from my parents by car =(

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I live 5 hours from my parents.  I would love to live 30 minutes away, that’s so close!

As for how do I deal, well visit when possible and talk on the phone a lot.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Currently I live less than half a mile from my parents, and less than 10 miles from my closest sisters. However, within a month or so, I’m moving out of state and it will be more like a 4-hr drive. My coping plan is to call them all the time. My sisters and I usually text throughout the day anyway, but I think I’ll be making much more of a conscious effort to stay in touch.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I live about probably about 14 hrs (by car) from my folks and any other family on my side, my MIL is about 4 hours away. We just call often since making a trip in person is kind of hard most of the time.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I celebrate the fact that the majority of my family lives 3 hours away from me…lol

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I live 12 hours from my mom by car and 2 days from my dad you’re lucky they’re so close

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

It’s a good thing I live so far from my entire family – I live in the middle of the US – with siblings on each boarder (NY, CA, TX).

 

The distance is what keeps us speaking.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m in Ontario, Canada and my brother and his family live in Colorado, USA. It’s a 24 hour drive IF you drive straight! One of my sisters and her family lives 6 hours away. You do learn to live with it…and use Skype a lot!!!

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I miss my family very much too, but now it is 4+ flights for me. Lots of ways to keep in contact these days- utilize what you have. And when you want to, jump in a car and go visit. 30 minutes is how long it takes me to drive to the supermarket if traffic is bad!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m 6 hours from my parents, 18 from my brother, and 30 min from my fiance’s family. I talk to my Mom a lot on the phone, and kep up with family on facebook. It stinks sometimes, especially since I don’t have a car to go visit at the moment, but we try to see each other every 4-6 months.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

my parents are 12-13 timezones ahead (do the math on the flight time xD) and my brother is three hours away. I wouldn’t say I cope, I’d say I just move on with life. I’m not particularly attached to my family, though I love them very much.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Actually, the distance between you and your parents sounds ideal to me- you can go see them just because you feel like it and it wouldn’t even have to be a whole day trip, but far enough that you (and FI/DH?) have your own, separate life. Then again, i live in a city where I may drive that long to go to a restaurant on the other side of town, and my whole family is a plane ride away. We talk on the phone once a week or so, and we get together over Christmas and 1-2 other random times a year, trading off when they come here and when I go there. Not ideal, but it works.

 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I actually prefer the distance to them being really close. Nothing to cope with – works great!

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