Long-Distance Family Dynamics with Helen Ellis
If you’ve stumbled upon this episode, you’re probably already part of a distanced family or you will be as your life as a nomad unfolds. Leaving behind your family can be one of the hardest parts of setting off on your nomadic journey.
In this episode, my guest is Helen Ellis, founder of DistanceFamilies.com and author of Being a Distance Grandparent. Helen discusses some of the common challenges and emotions for distance families (as well as the benefits!), why it’s so important for each generation to understand the others’ perspectives, and lots more.
Helen talks about the different types of communication and the importance of rich encounters with your long-distance loved ones. You’ll learn how to address the guilt that comes with leaving family behind and how to set up your family for success while you’re living your nomadic lifestyle.
Helen’s journey as a long-distance parent and grandparent
In this episode
- Why she did her thesis on distance grandparenting
- The fear people have around this topic
- What a rich encounter is
- The 7 different types of communication
- How to address the guilt that happens with distance
- The 3 H’s of progressive acceptance grandparenting (or parenting)
- How to set the stage for a successful distance family experience
- The benefits of this family dynamic
Resources we talked about
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