Any live far away from family?

Colleen - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My family lives 5 1/2 hours away including my daughters only grandparent, my mother. All my friends around where I live have family nearby, and some even take them for granted. Which bothers me because they have no idea what it is like to not have any family close by. I want my family to be a part of my daughters life but how do I do that? I want my daughter to know who they are and how important they are to me. Does anyone have this same issue????

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Sylvia - posted on 04/09/2014

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My entire family lives 1580 miles away from, or I live from them my whole life was left behind in californi due to my husbands job I'm the one missing everyone my own parents my grandchild and of course my children.

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I live in Japan and ALL of our family lives in Wisconsin. We have been here for 2 years and have 2 years left. we have gone back once and will not be able to go back before we move back to the states. a webcam and skype is how we stay in touch. it allows us to talk for free and everyone gets to see the kids and see them grow.

Emma - posted on 04/01/2010

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Non of our family lives close by but to me this is not such a bad thing, its complicated but we get on far better over the phone than in each others pockets, the only one i miss having close is my older sister she did live in the same town as me but they moved for her husbands job she is now about 4 hours away.

Sarah - posted on 04/01/2010

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We are 3 1/2 hrs away from my family and 5 hours away from my husbands. It is hard when you don't have family near by, but I also think it would be hard with them close by. There are times I wish we lived closer but then there are other times that I think they would drive me nuts of they were close all the time. We just travel more and make time for visits. My kids are in school and sports now so it makes it harder to get away, but we try to make it a point to take a weekend here and there to visit. They also travel to us to spend time here. I know as they get older this will be harder to do. When we do visit we usually spend the weekend, so even though they are not getting the every day time with the grandparents they are getting a full weekend with them. We also send letters, emails, pcitures, phone calls, ect. back and forth. My kids will now write a letter to grandma or call her on the phone to talk. We also started a thing when they turned 8 years old then they were able to go and spend a week at grandma's house. This is just their time with grandma and grandpa and the grandparents plan special things to do that week with them.

Grace - posted on 04/01/2010

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I definately do. My family all lives about 2,000 miles away from us. We get to see them about once a year. It really stinks. I miss them so very much and It does bother me a bit that others take their families for granted.



What I do to keep my family more involved in my daughters life; I take TONS of pictures and send them to the family almost daily, I will send weekly e-mails about things that we've been up to and what new things my daughter is learning or doing, I also call and talk to my mom daily. I also take lots of little videos and send them to the fam. Skype is also a really great way to keep in contact with family as you can talk and see the person at the same time.

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