Bonding with Grandchildren From a Distance

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How can you create a bond with young grandchildren or great-grandchildren when you live hundreds of miles away?

Using the Internet, social media, YouTube, and Skype have certainly bridged the gap for those who have long distance relationships. But you can also do it the “old fashioned” way (and adapt and enhance these activities by using 21st century technology). The National Long Distance Relationship Building Institute offers these suggestions:

1. Send a jar with the exact number of M&M’s or jellybeans as days that are left until your next visit. Instruct your grandchild or great-grandchild to eat one a day until you are together again.

2.  Start a joint family history project. Ask your grandchild or great-grandchild which relatives he or she would like to get to know better and together research stories and information about them.

3.  Create an “add-on” story through email or letters. Write a paragraph in your letter and then have your grandchild or great-grandchild write the next paragraph in his or her letter.

4.  Write a series of fictional children’s stories describing the adventures you and your grandchild or great-grandchild would have had together if you had grown up together and shared.

5.  Begin a Life’s Lessons Booklet, where each week you write down a few of the lessons you’ve learned in life and how you acquired those lessons. When the booklet is full, send it to your grandchild or great-grandchild to use as he or she begins or continues the journey of life from their perspective.

6.  Play hide and seek from a distance. Have the parent hide the treats you sent in certain predetermined “hiding spots.” Give out clues on where the treats are hidden.

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