National Grandparents Day 2018: Ways to Stay Connected

National Grandparents Day is September 9th. The greatest gift we can give them (and our kids) is time together! I’ve got some ideas to keep the connection strong, whether they live next door or across the country.

FaceTime (Skype)  

One of the biggest technological advances of this generation is this awesome feature. When you can hear and see your loved ones on a screen, it almost feels like you’re in the same room. Once a week check ins or nightly good night kisses. A wonderful way for grandparents to see how much the grandchildren are growing!

Snail mail

Bring it old school. All those sweet (and many) pictures the kids draw, can be sent to grandma and grandpa’s house. They may not realized it’s a three headed cat having a picnic but it’s the thought that counts! If the grandparents can return a letter, picture or postcard each time that would make it even better! Kids love receiving mail with their names on it.

Photo album

Moms and dads, make sure to take pictures of the kids going to school, dressing up or learning a new skill. Send those images through text or email. Then it’s the grandparents turn, they can print the photos and put them in an album. The next time they visit they can go through the photos with the grandkids. The kids will see their daily activities and big moments are always apart of their grandparent’s life!

Hobbies

Long distance relationships, make sure whenever you are together to pick a special hobby to do. Close by relationships can choose to do a hobby once a week or month. Reading books aloud as the children grow. Eventually as they get old enough, you can pick a series to read simultaneously like Harry Potter. Cooking is another wonderful hobby for all ages. From playing with the flour to passing down family recipes, it is bound to be delicious!

Happy Grandparents Day!

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