Grandparents And Grandchildren Sitting On Cane Sofa At Home

In today’s mobile society, few are fortunate enough to have the grandchildren within driving distance.  But there are ways to build strong bonds across the miles.

  • Phone calls are fun any time, but especially meaningful when the kids are participating in a special event: sports, play or church program.
  • Videotape yourself reading their favorite story. If you don’t have a camcorder use a smart phone.
  • Have someone take pictures of you doing your favorite activity and send them to the grandkids by mail, email or text.
  • Write real letters. Include interesting magazine clippings or cartoons.
  • Start the tradition of making and sending a special decoration or card each holiday.
  • Mail cookies or special treats.  Use a special family recipe if possible.
  • If you enjoy sewing, make an heirloom quilt for them.  Use material from their parent’s clothing from when they were young.
  • Have old movies of their parents converted to DVD for them.
  • Create a scrapbook of photos and momentos from your and their parents childhood.
  • Write, videotape or create a slide show of your family history.  Include funny stories about yourself and their parents and tales of your ancestors.
  • Watch their favorite TV show and talk about it with them.
  • Create a new tradition for holidays that you both do, even if you aren’t together and talk about later or talk on the phone as you do it.

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