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  • Writer's pictureTina Huggins

Establishing a Bond with Grandchildren Living Far Away

We have two grandchildren that live on the east and west coast. We try to visit them several times during the year, but it never is enough time! Do you have grands that live far from you? If so, I would love to hear how you establish a bond with your grands that are not living in your town. I know there are many of us who want our grandchildren to have a close relationship with us, so lets begin a conversation and share what you have found to be a success for you! Below are some things that I do as well as new discoveries that others do to engage with the grandchildren that are out of town. We have a one year old and a 5 year old that live far away. I can't wait until they arrive for Christmas!

  1. How often do you video chat on your phone? I find scheduling a regular video call can be challenging with everyone's schedule. If it works for you will you share your success? Research shows that seeing each other's faces and hearing voices can make a significant difference in establishing a relationship.

  2. Do you share stories and memories:? My little ones are not really ready for that, but my oldest is almost 11 and he loves hear story about his great and great-great grandparents. This helps him understand who we are and where we came from.

  3. Do you send letters or emails: With toddlers this can be a challenge my grand-daughter will send photos of her hart work which I love! I have created photo books each year on Shutterfly and give one to each grandchild on their birthday.

  4. Have you tried virtual activities: I have read that this can be a fun activities together. Play online games, read stories, or watch movies simultaneously while being on a video call. This shared experience can create a sense of togetherness

  5. How often do you visit: We visits as often as possible to spend time together in person. These moments can create lasting memories and deepen your relationship.

  6. Do you send care packages: Surprise your older grandchild with occasional care packages containing small gifts, books, toys, or treats.

  7. What do you talk about as they get older: Ask questions and actively listen to what they have to say. When we show interest in them they light up like a light blub!

I think the key is to be consistent, engaged, and creative so we can bridge the gap caused by distance. Please feel free to comment with your successes with your grands that live far away. The effort we put in will likely be reciprocated. Happy GrandParenting from afar!


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