It happens that I live thousands of miles from my immediate family. Between school vacations and work schedules and high travel costs, we are not able to visit as much as we might like. On the other end, my mother is slowing up a bit and she's not able to travel as easily either. Between it all, keeping everyone in the loop can be a challenge.
Computer technology has advanced so rapidly over recent years. While my first personal computer didn't even have a hard drive, now I have one with gigs and gigs of storage space, multimedia (including a video camera), and more - and it's no where near top of the line. With this awesome technology - provided the other side has a compatible setup - distant family and friends can get updates almost immediately. For example:
As wonderful as new technology is for communication, old technology still has its place. Mostly I am talking snail mail here. Everyone likes to get real mail. And scanned and emailed grandchild artwork isn't quite the same as the real thing.Establishing a letter writing routine between grandparent and grandchild is a wonderful way to encourage good communication habits and literacy in your child and maybe acknowledge relative technology comfort levels in the grandparent. While my father was sick several years ago, I got into a habit of writing a letter to him with my kids every week. It was part of our regular schedule and routine. Writing became a cherished bonding time for my kids, and receiving it became a cherished time for my father.
Whether frequent or infrequent, when grandparent visits do happen, make the most of them. Give grandparent and grandchild some time alone together to renew their comfort level - but don't push it. If it's been a long time, and even though you may video conference with them regularly, don't expect kids to instantly fall back to the same comfort level they had at the end of the last visit. Don't forget to take lots of picture so that when grandparent and grandchild are apart again, each will have plenty of reminders of the bond.Living distantly from immediate family has it's drawbacks, to be sure, but careful use of technology - old and new - help bridge the miles. Grandparents can be just a click away!
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