Doesnt it affect your bond with your wife and child being so far away from them?I was single for a long time, and in a sense still am (my wife and child live about 2000 miles away most of the time). I wouldn't knock the single life, and I'm not talking about "fun" or "modern" in any sense, or even comfortable. The (quasi)-single life I enjoy allows me to afflict myself by very early waking, frequent out-loud Bible reading, and many hours at the gym, which is beneficial for my soul. Also I find I am not able to hear God clearly when my wife is here. When I am alone, it's much easier to pick up on the gentle nudges my conscience gives me. "Let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him."
The passages I quoted above from 1 Cor 7 say it all, when it comes to the benefits of being single while striving toward self-improvement. Without getting too much into my personal situation, I'll say it's a blessing things turned out the way they did for me being alone 95% of the time, and I've been fortunate to mostly be able to "continue in the state in which I was called" as concerning marriage vs. singleness.
I cant imagine being away from my wife and son for a prolonged period of time.