7 Ways to Stay Connected with Grandma in the Digital Age
Although my husband and I love living in New York City, we both agree it can be tough being away from our families, especially now that we have children. Here are 7 ways to stay connected with grandparents when they don’t live around the corner (In-laws not particularly tech-savvy? Don’t worry, snail mail can be fun, too!)
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Recordable Story Books
Hallmark’s recordable story books are a unique way for grandparents to be a part of your child’s day, even if they’re not around to read a story in person. From “Conversation” books to classics like “The Little Engine that Could,” grandparents can help foster your child’s love of reading from afar. Chances are, they’ll get a kick out of the recording session, too!
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Simply put, our children have a relationship with their grandparents because of Skype. This free service is the best way to stay connected and to share the latest hair cut, drawing (or temper tantrum!) with my in-laws and parents. Millie showed her grandparents her new bike just last week! In the Digital Age, we simply couldn’t get by without it. Are you on Skype?
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Start a Garden
What about starting a project together, despite the distance between you? A small potted garden is a great way to stay connected. Mail seeds to each other, then continue the conversation as your seed grows. Track your progress and check in often, then send pictures to each other when your garden has blossomed!
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Scoot and Doodle
What if you could work on an art project with grandma at the same time, even though you’re miles apart? With Scoot & Doodle and Google+, you can! This program allows you to doodle on the screen, save your artwork, come back to it later if you want to, all while watching each other via Hangout on Google+. So fun!
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Capture Memories in a Photo Album
Creating a photo album for grandparents is an easy and beautiful way to share memories of a recent visit, summer vacation or a typical day at the sandbox. There are many programs out there, but Shutterfly is still my favorite. I love the many background designs and themes available, but Grandma will love the photos inside most of all. We recently made a “get well” photo album for one of my girls’ grandmothers, and I do believe she was perked up by it, and enjoyed sharing it with her friends!Photo Credit:In search of smartphone apps that will leave your conscience clear and your 2-year-old squealing with delight? These 7 get high marks from the tech watchdog Common Sense Mediaview gallery
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