So far from family...any suggestions on coping?

@dollbaby (595)
United States
October 28, 2006 9:53pm CST
My mom just moved to another state. My dad and brother are also in different states. We talk all the time on the phone but I'm having a hard time coping. Any suggestions?
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@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
29 Oct 06
I am in the same situation. My husband is in the military, so we have been moving around in the past few years. My family is about 12 hours away, so we don't get to see them but maybe twice a year.
@dollbaby (595)
• United States
29 Oct 06
I can certainly understand that. We moved all over the place too. Living so far away is really tough, but it does make the times that we do get together that much more special! Thanks for responding!
@dellion (6706)
• Malaysia
29 Oct 06
I had stay alone in other country and that times me too make lots of phone calls....I think when you were alone you need some friends.....some real good friends:)Good luck!
@dollbaby (595)
• United States
29 Oct 06
Thank you, it's always nice to know that people understand what you're going through!
• United States
29 Oct 06
One of the bests things you can do is make friends. It is especially easy if you have kids (always something to talk about). If you don't have friends, then you might have to go out of your way to make them. Join a health club, or some kind of club that fits your interests. You have to make the first move though!!
@dollbaby (595)
• United States
29 Oct 06
Very good advice! Thanks!!
@hush5605 (674)
• United States
29 Oct 06
Hi dollbaby! I can sure relate to how you're feeling. My family is all in Canada except for my son who is in Indiana and I'm here in California and have been since 1997. It's really difficult. I had a really tough time with it when I first came here. My in-laws were a blessing in disguise - they made me welcome and helped me to settle in. I pick up the phone and talk to my Dad every chance I get. You might consider buying yourself a Webcam and have your family purchase one too..it's not the same as being there in person, but you can at least see them. Best of luck, my dear....and if you ever need to talk, please feel free to drop me a line.
@dollbaby (595)
• United States
29 Oct 06
Very good advice! I do take lots of pictures especially of my baby. My family in California has not had a chance to meet him yet, so I do my best to keep them updated. You are a dear...thank you so much for the sweet posting!
@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
29 Oct 06
I am away from my entire family. They are all together in NJ, and we are in VA. My suggestion would be to get out there, meet people, work, volunteer, etc.
@dollbaby (595)
• United States
29 Oct 06
Good suggestion. I do as much of that as possible. However, there's nothing like being around family members! :) I also have family in NJ that I miss very much!! Thanks for replying.
@april444 (1341)
• United States
29 Oct 06
I am in the same boat I moved from Ca to Va 3 yrs. ago so we have no family here. Sometimes it helps to make new friends so you won't be so lonely. You are also very lucky to be close to your parents. I envy you. Take care :)
@dollbaby (595)
• United States
29 Oct 06
That's very sweet of you. I agree, it does help to have friends. Plus I try to stay as busy as possible. What part of Cali are you from?
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
29 Oct 06
I feel so sorry for you. I like to live close to my family. My 2 sisters live away, but my mom lives in the same city as me. Hang out here on mylot, that will help pass the time, until you get used to them being gone. Do you have any other family that lives close? Keep your chin up and good luck.
@dollbaby (595)
• United States
29 Oct 06
You are so very sweet! I talk to my mom everyday and that really helps. I will keep my chin up until I can figure out a way to move closer! :) Thanks so much for the response.
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@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
29 Oct 06
I am in the same boat.. I am in California and my parents are in Ohio
@dollbaby (595)
• United States
29 Oct 06
My dad and brother are actually in California. I'm here in South Carolina. It's hard when they're so far away!
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