There are so many grandparents in this world who live miles and miles away from their children and grandchildren. Distance and the ability to travel long distances has made it possible for children to leave the nest far behind. However, when grandchildren arrive, distance makes it very difficult to maintain a close relationship. You don’t have to live near by to establish a close relationship with grandchildren. Here are some tips for grandparents to keep long distance grandchild relationships close.
Send Grandparent Pictures Often
One of the most important ways a young grandchild will recognize his/her grandparent is through visual recognition. If you begin sending pictures of yourself to your grandbaby every couple of months, he/she will become accustomed to your face. When you send along your grandparent pictures, make sure you add a little card or doll so your grandchild can have a box of gifts from you.
Videotape Grandparent Talking
Children start recognizing voices at an extremely young age. Make sure you constantly send along video tapes of yourself wishing your grandchild a happy Valentine’s day, Happy Friday, etc. Encourage your children to tape your grandchild as well. This way you can see how he/she has grown since the last time you visited.
Make Grandparent Phone Calls
When your grandchild becomes old enough to talk on the phone, make sure you specifically talk to him/her alone. You don’t always have to send messages through your son or daughter. Make sure you grandchild hears “I love you” or “I miss you” coming right from your lips over the phone.
Grandparents Should Visit as Often as Possible
Making special visits to see your children and grandchildren is an important part of being a grandparent. Of course, your family should come to see you as well, but sometimes it is simply easier for a grandparent to visit. Grandchildren have school and activities to juggle. If you visit them, you might just be able to attend some of those activities, games, or events.
The more active you stay in your grandchild’s life, the closer your relationship will be. Simply being constantly present will let your grandchild know that you love and support him/her through every step of life. Just because distance separates you doesn’t mean the lines of communication are down. Make every effort as a grandparent to be actively involved in your grandchild’s life no matter how far away they live.