The long-distant separations are about to begin again and hopefully you were able to spend some quality time with your children and grandchildren. If your loved ones live far away, you may be searching for ways to stay close to them and overcome the distance in between. Let's look at some creative ways to keep up with their lives, current interests and show them that even though you can't see them in person, you still have a keen interest in their lives.
Writing letters seems to be something of a lost art these days, but that doesn't mean you can't communicate with your grandkids. Are you using email? Do you have a cell phone? Or, heaven forbid, do you text? You will have to learn kidspeak (lol, u r kidding!) but it may be worth it to let your grandkids know you are a hip Grandma or Grandpa. Even better, don't call it a letter, but call it a journal entry and mail it or email it asking for a return journal entry. Kids understand putting down their thoughts and their activities in a journal or a blog entry. They don't understand writing a letter.
One creative way to keep in touch with a number of people, perhaps all of your grandchildren, is to start a round robin journal. You make an entry and send it on to the next person on the list. They make an entry and send it on again, etc. You can add drawings, cartoons, whatever you like to make the arrival of that large manila envelope something to await anxiously.If your grandchildren are young, you can tape record some of their favorite children's stories and send the tape along so they get the double gift of a cozy story time and Grandma or Grandpa's voice reading it. Or you can just record the things you would write in a letter and send that along with an invitation to return the favor.
What activities are your grandchildren involved in? Sports? Drama? Music? Whatever it is, show an interest in it. If you can't attend big games or presentations in person, ask that pictures be sent, maybe via your computer. If your grandchild has a favorite professional sports team why not track their results together? Capitalize on having a common interest that gives you a special bond with that child.
Another popular activity these days is belonging to a book club. Why not develop one just for you and your grandkids? Read something together (in the same timeframe if they live a distance away) and write down your questions, comments, observations, etc. in an email or on a blog. Find out what networking tool your grandchildren use, (Facebook, Twitter, Xanga, etc.) and join in the fun. It may take a little learning, but your grandchildren will be proud of their techno-savvy grandparents.The idea is to connect in some way with the ones you love. Work at finding a common bond. We all know they grow up too quickly and they will cherish the efforts you make to communicate your love and caring with them in simple, but fun ways.