Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Long Distance Grandma

So I'm checking out a site named Don't worry there won't be a quiz on that. I'm still not really sure what the heck it is. Anyways there was a post/theme How to be a Good Long Distance Grandma.

That caught my eye. Not because BigE doesn't have Great Grandmas but maybe we could use some ideas to overcome the distance. Short of air travel that is.

Now the trick on this site seems to be to keep your eyes on the center column of information. But here are some of the links from that page

Staying Connected with the Kids from Long Distance (

Ponder Postcards. One of the things some of my contacts said about postcards was that they are quick, easy and fun. They have the personal touch of a handwritten note, but they also don't have to be long and involved. They are especially fun when you are traveling for business or pleasure and come from wherever you are.

Surprise Gifts. One of my friends tries to find a little trinket (stuffed animal, poster, cute socks) and send it along with a note every month or so to a daughter who lives far away. It doesn't have to be expensive, and it is always a nice surprise for her.

Long-Distance Grandparents (
Bake and send their favorite cookies. Include the recipe, and videotape yourself making the cookies for a personal cooking lesson.

Ok I quoted that for me. But it was in the article.
For a far-away grandchild's birthday, buy party hats, favors, balloons, etc. and send them to the grandchild to use at their party.

Create mementos from a hobby you enjoy. A birdhouse, jewelry box, quilt or holiday ornament made specifically for the child will be treasured for years to come.

Now I don't really want to encourage spending money here. But most of this is pretty simple stuff. From our perspective BigE has enjoyed using mail. He likes getting mail. As observed with his paintings he likes sending them. So maybe we need to get more stamps.

This does raise the challenge to come up with more ways to connect the dispersed family. Ideas? Post a comment or drop an email to

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