It is estimated that 40% of all grandparents live over 200 miles from their grandchildren. Children can grow and change in just a couple of months. Missing those precious moments and milestones in grandchildren’s lives can be sad and painful. Most long-distance grandparents are looking for ways to nurture their connection with grandchildren.
I have gleaned some long distance grandparenting ideas from a variety of websites. You might want to check out the website at the end of this article for more information. Here are a few of their ideas as well as some others.
- Send your grandchild’s parents a bag of chocolate kisses. Ask them to give your grandchild a “kiss” from you each day.
- Send your grandchild a worksheet asking them to list their favorite candy, meal, pizza, color, toy, movie, book, song, friend, vacation spot and so on. Have them send it back so you can be prepared when you visit.
- Once a year, be sure to have an individual picture taken with each child when you visit. Frame it and send it to them with a note expressing your appreciation for your relationship with them.
- After a visit, send them a “report” card for the visit. Give them straight A’s in fun, laughter and hugs.
- Pray for your grandchildren. Learn their schedules so you can pray for specific activities and events.
- Take advantage of the internet to stay connected.
How To use the Internet to Stay Connected
- Skype is a wonderful way to stay connected. Set up a time to visit with kids. Be sure to schedule in advance so that you aren’t pulling them away from homework or dinner.
- When using Skype, don’t be surprised if the children don’t have much to say at first. Give them time to warm up. And, keep it short. If they don’t talk, ask them about a project at school or an extracurricular activity. Kids almost always respond to request that you show them an art project or their new soccer uniform. Enter their world in small ways.
- Use Readeo for your smaller grandchildren. I love Readeo because they allow yo to read a book with your grandchild while still being able to see their reaction. They do have some of the best known books, so your grandchild might enjoy this reading experience. If Readeo doesn’t work for your grandkids, keep searching for ways to connect using technology.
Long Distance Grandparenting website: http://www.fambooks.com/activities.html
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