As recently as a couple of decades ago, it was the norm for grandparents to be highly involved in their grandchildren’s lives. As the world has grown smaller through the technological boom of the last thirty years, however, grandparents find themselves living far away from their grandkids as a matter of course. This makes it harder to foster a close and healthy relationship with their grandchildren. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure grandparents remain a close and frequent present in your children’s lives, and with a little bit of effort you can ensure that closeness remains there for life.
The phone has become even more popular since the advent of mobile telephony, and it can still help to build and nurture a bond. However, don’t discount such options as the video call, which will allow your child and your parent to see each other. Many phone plans allow for magic numbers, and changing to a new mobile phone provider who would allow you unlimited calls to the grandparents in question can make it easier for regular phone calls to occur.
The internet allows another set of possible avenues of communication such as emails and Facebook, which means photos can be sent across easily and regularly. Instant chat programmes such as MSN Messenger also provide the ability to use a webcam for realtime chat that’s as good as face to face.
Sleepovers often seem daunting when the children are quite young, but if it is an option then it should be explored. If there are multiple children involved, sending them off one at a time can mean your parents are able to deal with the additional work without getting overwhelmed, and allows each child to bond with them on his or her own terms and in his or her own way.
Taking holidays together is an amazing choice if all the adults get along reasonably well. The ability for you to take some time out can be an amazing bonus, and for your children it will be amazing to share a living space with their grandparents for a while. Holiday parks such as Haven, Pontins, Butlins or Center Parcs allow a wide variety of quarters to occupy for the duration without giving up any of the luxuries of modern life.
Fostering a close and healthy relationship between your parents and your children, especially across a distance, takes a little bit of work and patience. However, the love and the sense of togetherness it will result in is well worth any hassle associated with the process, and you will not regret taking the time to ensure their intimacy.