One of the best memories of my childhood was spending time with my grandparents and today I am so thankful to God for that. Not only was I allowed to play games with them, but also to hear new bedtime stories every night.
Only when the little ones spend time with grandma and grandpa do they learn that they act as mediators, stress buffers, supporters, protectors and roots of the family. The bond that grandparents have with their grandchildren is a special emotional bond that is second to none. The support our parents receive from grandparents sometimes goes unnoticed and sometimes unnoticed.
So if you live far away from your parents for work or other reasons and somehow your kids don’t have time to connect with their grandparents. Then here are tips on how to help your kiddiewinks maintain a healthy long-distance relationship with their grandfather and grandmother.
Let’s get to them one by one.
1) Make your visits frequent
If you live in the same city, then make sure you take your kids to their grandmother and grandfather’s more often, and if you live in another city or country, plan to take them over summer vacations or long weekends to visit. Apart from that, you can also encourage their grandparents to plan visits or an extended stay with you.
2) Technology makes it easier to keep in touch
With the advancement of technology, it has become very easy to keep in touch. You can guide your kids to FaceTime, Skype, or video call their grandmother and grandfather by setting specific days and times in a week so the kids have something to look forward to. Kids can also exchange emails, pictures, voice memos (including bedtime stories and rhymes) or texts with Grandma and Grandpa.
3) Surprise them when they least expect it
Grandparents love to spoil their grandchildren. Every time they visit them, they surprise them with gifts. What you can do differently is, instead of giving them gifts on the usual occasions, surprise them by sending them occasional gifts in the mail. The best gift options are cookies, her favorite gadget, a collage of pictures, or just a letter. This way they feel more connected and loved.
4) More personal communication
If grandchildren or grandparents are visiting, encourage your child to spend time alone with grandma in the kitchen by helping her while she prepares a family recipe, as this will help the conversation flow more freely.
That being said, asking Grandpa to read stories will make for a meaningful conversation that’s even insightful at times.
5) Friendly relationship
Grandparents act as a bridge between parents and children. Parents have so much pressure to do everything and make kids learn everything perfectly. The pressure to be the best parent starts with letting your kids learn how to speak, walk, behave, etc. As a grandparent, you can teach your grandkids without the burden of parenting excellence. This way you can behave as their friend and lead them on the right path with every right step, for example in their hobbies, teach them how to face the competition and how to be positive.
Grandma and Grandpa tell their experiences in the form of stories. In addition, they are the storehouse of beautiful, life-inspiring stories that no child should be deprived of. I’m feeling so nostalgic right now! What is your strongest memory from your grandparents’ childhood?
Thanks to Vaaridhi Vairagi | #Tips #maintaining #long #distance #relationship #grandparents