Keeping In Touch
The best gift you can give your grandchildren is the gift of time. Life gets busy, and days can go by without any contact with your grandkids. Here at GoodGrandma℠ we have a few suggestions to keep in touch and guarantee time with the grand-kiddos!
- Talk Often: Have scheduled times to visit with your grandchildren. Whether you visit on the phone or use video chat, and use text messaging to visit with your older grandchildren.
- Routine: Do or say things that are routine. Things they will remember you by. When I visit with Beau, we play, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, and we dance. Beau starts dancing before the music comes on. My dad would always say, “I’m going to hug you and squeeze you and give you a kiss.” I find myself saying it now to my grandkids.
- Send Celebrations: Use the mail to send thoughtful gifts or letters. I like to occasional send a package straight from Amazon to their home. It’s a fun surprise. It’s like Grandma Connie’s “Sent-A-Box” post. I like to send a letter from time to time and include stickers. It’s a great way to stay in touch and let the grandkids know you miss and love them very much.
- Make Memories: Have something only you and your grandkids do; read a special book, a particular game, a certain treat. Anything memorable for just the two of you.
- Be Prepared: For Infants ~ Keep on hand diapers, wipes, bibs, extra onesies, and baby food treats. Toddlers ~ Have lots of active toys on hand to keep them busy. Teens ~ Games, movies, and kids love to make stuff, such as crafts and food! AND…Books, Books, Books!! The kids love to read with grandma.
- Schedule Playdates: Have scheduled monthly “playdates” with your grandchildren. I have a grandson that loves trains. I always take my trains I collected over the years (for my own son) to play with him. I have also saved some of my daughters dolls, and will take them to “playdates” with my granddaughters. Treats are also a good idea. Janes’ mother always brings little bags of chocolates for her kids.
What are some of the ways you like “keeping in touch” with your grandchildren?