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 The 7 Rs of Long-Distance Grandparenting
By kerrie MCloughlin
 Most long-distance grandparents will agree that you don’t have to live in the same town to play a huge role in the life of your grandchildren. Yes, you might be sad that your grandkids don’t live close by, but you can certainly still create a special and lasting relationship with some planning. Here’s how:
Do Your Research
Joy Candrian of the blog XOXO Grandma suggests: “Research the places where your grandchildren live and when FaceTiming or talking on the phone, ask them intelligent questions about their home, school and the things they have done that week.” Another example might be checking out the latest children’s movie in your own town, if you know your grandkids are going to see it as well, so you can talk about the best parts together.
Read to Them and Play Games
“Record yourself reading a book and then upload that recording to YouTube so your grandchild can hear your voice and see you reading them a story. After uploading your recorded story online, mail the book to your grandchild so they can follow along while they
watch your video,” Joy says. Buy a blank puzzle at a craft store then, if you are arsty, draw a picture on
it. If not, write a message and color in some of the pieces. Your grandchild will have a blast putting it together over and over. Online games like Words with Friends are also a fun and educational way to connect.
Recognize Holidays and Special Dates
Keep track of important dates so you can be there for the big events. Set reminders on your phone or put them on your wall calendar so you can send cards or plan a video chat for birthdays, graduations, last day of school, prom, sports, spelling bees and so much more. “I think giving gifts is such a natural way to show we care, and giving a handmade gift (such as
a quilt) shows we care enough to spend our time for those we love,” says Joy. “Your grandchild may not understand that now but as they grow older and wiser, your gifts should help them feel the love you have for them.”
Raise Video Chatting and Social Media
to a New Level
Skype, FaceTime and Zoom make it so much easier to see their faces and keep yours fresh in theirs. They grow and change so quickly, so make weekly dates to do things like call up the grandkids and take them on a walk with you, let them watch you bake
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