TEN WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED AND BE AN INFLUENCE WITH OUT-OF-TOWN GRANDCHILDEN
Long distance grandparenting is a challenge. Try some of these suggestions to develop stronger relationships with grandchildren:
1. Email your grandchild at least 3 times a week. 2. Send some of those quirky fun emails and start an email discussion. 3. Make a tape recording of you reading their favorite bedtime story so they cn hear your voice reading to them. 4. Make a tape recording or print a book that has their name in the story. 5. Buy a gift certificate at a local book store for your grandchild. When they purchase the book you purchase one also and have a book discussion on line. 6. If possible, visit them once a month. 7. Send digital phots back and forth on the computer to stay involved in their life. 8. Make a laminated sheet of paper with all of your phone numbers so they can phone you anytime they wish. 9. Buy them your favoritie children' books and inscribe a special message in the front. 10.Invite each grandchild for one-on-one time to your home.
BONUS: Plant a garden together and take pictures of the plants or flowrs as they begin to grow to send to your grandchild.