My grandparents hold a very special place in my heart. They are no longer alive; however, I’ll forever cherish the memories we made together. I was lucky enough to meet my paternal grandparents and my maternal grandmother who was like a second mom to me (my mom lost her dad in her early 20s). I always thought the love of grandparents and the understanding they show their grandkids is so refreshing and wonderful for a kid growing up and trying to make sense of the world.

Luckily I lived in the same city as my grandparents; and although I was raised in a city of 14 million, I was so fortunate they lived 10 minutes away from us. My kids are not so lucky. Both set of their grandparents live thousands upon thousands of miles away. I feel like it’s up to my husband and I to try and foster close relationships between our parents and our kids.

3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS CONNECT WITH LONG-DISTANCE GRANDPARENTS

1) Send smart phone pictures every single day  I send my parents pictures of my kids every single day, taken by my smart phone, doing all kinds of activities outside and at home. I even send pictures of them doing daily things like eating breakfast, or working on their homework. Both grandparents send us their pictures as well. This helps us feel like we are constantly witnessing each other’s lives. Screenshot 2015-03-09 23.25.35 2) Use an Online Service like HomeTeam™ to Connect Online This really cool online service available for download in the App Store, and Google Play on 3/24, lets grandparents,& grandkids read books together, and play games through video chat like they were face to face. Kids can choose from hundreds of book titles, like Curious George for their grandparents to read to them. They could also play classic games such as Checkers or Chess (and many new HomeTeam exclusive games).

This online interaction fosters the bond between the grandparents, and kids. Instead of awkward silences where kids are prompted by their parents to chat with grandparents, (seriously I remember my own parents doing this when they handed the phone over to me to talk to my long-distance relatives- awkward) there is real connection, and conversations. Pretty amazing if you ask me, and my kids had a great time testing it with my mom and dad. Screenshot 2015-03-08 12.05.46 As you can see from the happy faces of my girls above left, (and my son who you can’t see) they were so excited to have their grandparents read them 10 Bears in My Bed as a bedtime story. It was so much like how they read my kids bedtime stories when we were visiting them over the summer, only via video chat.

Screenshot 2015-03-08 12.23.44 These are the faces of delighted grandparents. 🙂

Screenshot 2015-03-09 23.25.12 Some of the games kids and grandparents can play together. HomeTeam is a lovely service as it’s educational, fun, and is the perfect day-to-day connection between your kids and their grandparents.

3) Make The Most Of Actual Visits   When we can have actual visits, I make a point of taking lots of pictures, go on mini vacations, and make scrapbooks for all of us to keep. This helps kids remember the wonderful moments from their time with the grandparents. We also take a lot of videos when we are physically together. How do you help your kids connect with their long-distance grandparents?

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