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.