Long Distance Grandparenting

Ah, the joy of grandchildren !  What compares to the pleasure of playing with and watching your child’s major production[s] grow and develop?  Living at a distance can be a challenge when in-person visits are not  frequent and you want to be with them and participate in their lives

 

Fortunately, technology now offers an opportunity to be aware of what’s going on, and changing, in their lives as well as having some positive influence.  Various modes of communication make it possible to keep those relationships fresh, fun and frequent.

 

With young children, you can talk, sing, read short books and show them age appropriate   items of interest with zoom, face time or videos….a treat for you both and maybe a little time off for parents.   Doing so on a consistent basis sets the stage for future ‘visits’ and something to anticipate, further solidifying the connection.  As they age, ask about their activities – school events, and tell them some of yours.  As they age, you can both read the same book and talk about it.  If you travel, send them a tee shirt, brochure or other souvenirs with descriptions of the area and your memories.  In addition to your lovely vacation, you broaden their horizons.

 

Again, as your grandchildren grow, playing games can vary with their interests and skills.  “Toy Theater” has a wide choice of fun educational games to be played on two computers.  It’s learning for the young and a good reflex experience for  seniors.  If your grandchildren are age seven or older, chances are they will know about a number of sites for computer play.

 

With more maturity and the solid foundation of your connected relationship, your grandchildren will be more likely to include you in their news and lives. Being lovingly understanding, consistent and flexible can be a safe haven for them when they are presented with awkward or difficult situations.  They learn  and appreciate what a gift grandparents are.