All I can say is, thank goodness we live in a day and age where technology is so advanced. One of the most difficult parts of motherhood for me has been living half way across the world from my parents. I’m so thankful that my trusty iPhone allows us to spend time with them, face to face, even while we are apart. It has been important that even with the distance, my baby girl has a strong connection to her grandparents. Here are some ideas that have really helped us work around the distance!
1. Skype or FaceTime
Talking on the phone is great, but is still feels disconnected compared to being able to see your loved ones face to face. Skype or FaceTime (for those iPhone users) is the absolutely best way to keep your little ones and family members connected. Set up regular Skype dates and make sure you are taking time to connect often. Make sure you pick a time when your kids are not cranky or tired. This will make sure the time spent is most enjoyable for everyone!
2. Video Messages
We don’t always have time to sit down and have a video chat with my parents because of the time change and the business of life. It’s also especially difficult on days when a certain toddler of mine isn’t cooperating. On the occasional busy weeks where a proper conversation is just not going to happen, I make sure I send a few video messages to Nana and Granddad so they still get to be a part of our week. It’s also so exciting for my little one when she gets her own personal video message from her grandparents. She watches them a millions times over.
3. Snail Mail
Even with all the high tech options we have these days, sometimes nothing beats good ol’ fashion snail mail. During craft time have your kiddos draw Nana or Grandpa a picture or help them write a short letter. On your next Skype date they can show off where they have proudly displayed the work. You can also ask your littles ones grandparents to send the occasional care package with some stickers, a new book or a small toy.
Make sure your kids can see their grandparents around your home. They will feel much closer to them when they are seeing their face regularly both on the screen and in their home. Pull out the old photo albums and talk about your childhood and what their grandparents were like when they were younger. This will bring them to life in a new way!
5. Involve Them In The Everyday Stuff
Using all these different ways to keep connect, don’t forget about the everyday stuff. Whether it is Skyping them in for story time, or celebrating a milestone, make sure to keep your kids Grandparents involved in the big and the small.