How to Keep Kids Connected to Family Who Live Far Away

When I was growing up, my grandparents lived three houses away from mine. There were many days when I would load up my red rover wagon with all of my stuffed animals and then pull it down to my Grandma’s house where she would make me a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch! My cousins only lived a short 20 minutes away by car, and we saw them often for backyard BBQs. It was really great growing up with all of our family nearby…. and I have worried that my kids would be robbed of that same wonderful experience- because my husband and I were the only ones to move out here to the Northeast part of the country to start our own family. The rest of our family still lives back in Michigan or down in Florida. 

But today’s technology has made it really easy for my kids to be super connected to their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. For my older kids- they trade texts with family members every day- even if it’s just to check in and see how their day is going… how a soccer game went…. how they did on a big test or project for school. But my younger kids are not always able to think of something concrete to share with family members as easily as their older sibs do. So we’ve learned a few tricks that help our family members feel that they are a connected part of our younger children’s lives:

How to Keep Kids Connected to Family Far Away

Face to Face Conversation

It’s far too easy for a conversation over the phone to sound like this:…

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