Staying Close to Far Away Grandkids
Do you have children that you love, who don’t live close to you? Many of us have grandchildren, or nieces or nephews or children of whom we have shared custody. It’s often difficult to stay close to those far away littles that We love so dearly! For me it is two of my grandchildren, G1 and G3, who don’t live close to me right now.
My parents were entering their 40s when I was born and three of my grandparents had already passed away. My only remaining grandmother died when I was just four. Most of what I learned about being a grandparent I learned secondhand from watching my parents with my nieces and nephews. I have only been a gramma just over five years now, but I absolutely love it! I have four grandkids (and one on her way), two that are close by and two that are far away.
G1 and G3 live about three hours from me. Usually they come to visit about once a month but sometimes I don’t get to see them for two or three months at a time. We don’t usually get to be together for birthdays or holidays either. G2 and G4 live close by so I see them several times every week and almost always on special occasions. Obviously, it’s harder to stay close to the grandkids who live far away than it is with the grandkids who live nearby. So, I’ve come up with some ideas to help us to stay close. If you love a child that lives far away, maybe you can use some of these ideas too!
- Whenever they visit or you are together take lots, and lots, and LOTS of pictures! Then print and frame them as gifts for the kids, make scrap books of them, post them on social media, put them on cards and letters that you send the kids, etc. Display them around your house.
- When you see them focus special attention on them. Do fun activities, play with them, read to them, go shopping and just make as many precious memories with them as you can.
- Send gifts and cards for special occasions, or just send some for no reason at all.
- Write and mail simple letters to them, telling them what you have been up to and asking about their activities. Make sure you include pictures!
- If you know the children will be coming to visit, save gifts until then and you can celebrate a late birthday, or Christmas, etc. when they come.
- Have something that belongs to the child at your home. All four of my grandkids have a “Gramma’s house blanket” that they use when they visit for sleepovers.
- Have the children stay at your home for a sleepover when they visit.
- Send the children a storybook with a recording of your voice reading it.
- Make telephone calls to the children.
- Skype or Face Time with them.
And always, ALWAYS give them lots and LOTS of hugs and kisses every single chance you get!! – XOXO