This post was supposed to be tips on how to keep Grandparents involved when they don’t live nearby. I’ve sat here for about 10 minutes staring at a blank screen, realizing I really suck at this. My kids are SO lucky to have the best Grandparents in. the. world. And LOTS of them! They get phone calls and gift packages regularly from their army of Grandparents.
I wish I could easily send my kids over to do art projects with their Grandma’s or that they could go fishing with their Grandpa’s on a whim like I was able to do. Not being able to give my kids those moments whenever we want is the hardest thing about living so far from home. I used to LIVE next door to one set of my Grandparents and within walking distance to the other…growing up with Grandma and Grandpa was my normal. There was always someone around to take care of us, someone that was more than happy to provide pudding pops and Ramen noodles. My kids’ normal is FaceTime calls with their Grandparents and a high school babysitter that comes over to give Mommy a break sometimes.
They don’t know any different but it breaks my heart that I do. And my family does. And I realize I’m not pulling my weight- the Grandmas and Grandpas send so many care packages and set out so much time when we come to visit, but the kids rarely send THEM stuff. I HAVE to be better about this.
My kids know who their Grandparents are and that they love them, just as much as I knew that when I was a child. But I was able to give my Grandparents hugs and eat all their candy on a weekly basis and my kids can’t. So I’m making it a goal to take a moment once a week and do something special for one set of Grandparents. Even if it is just coloring a picture for them or learning how to write/spell their names…we will put something in the mail once a week to someone. So for our Grandmas and Grandpas that are probably reading this right now…make some space on your refrigerators and get those memory boxes ready.
If you live far from home- how do you keep Grandparents involved? Any cute art projects you can recommend?