Long distance Grandma needs advice

Ellen - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I would like to keep closer contact with my 3 year old grandson. He lives in FL and I live in NY. Any advice?

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Dawna - posted on 03/27/2010

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Sounds like a great idea to me, Ellen. You could also find out what his favorite stories are and record yourself reading them, or record you and your husband acting them out. Children love adults being silly. Or even ask his parents to record him acting them out, and then you could do a video combining your reading of the story with his acting.

Luann - posted on 03/26/2010

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WELL, APPARENTLY YOU HAVE A COMPUTER, GET YOUR GRANDSONS PARENTS TO PUT HIM ON THE FLOOR PLAYING WITH TOYS WHILE YOU ARE ON THE WEB CAM TALKING WITH HIM WHILE HE IS BUSY. JUST WATCH AND COMMENT, AND MAKE SOUNDS LIKE THE TOYS HE IS PLAYING WITH AND JUST LET HIM KNOW YOU ARE THERE. DO IT A THE SAME TIME EACH DAY FOR SAY 15 MIN, HE WILL FEEL HE IS GETTING A SPECIAL VISITOR JUST FOR HIM EVERYDAY!! GOODLUCK!

Claire - posted on 03/26/2010

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You could be pen-pals. I'm sure he would love to get his own mail and show off how well he's learing to write. And/Or you could make a picture album of yourself and send it to him as a book. Put those photo stickers in it that give you thought bubbles then write in "Grandma love you" or similar things.

Mariah - posted on 03/26/2010

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having a computer opens the door to video chats and many many pics, thats a great way to stay in touch,

Karla - posted on 03/26/2010

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I remember this guy who came into work. He was showing us this thing his son and daughter in law did. It is something that has some pictures of his grand kids and when their picture would come up they would have their voices recorded. I thought it was really cool and he said with it being portable he could take it any where.

He worked for some construction company and was all over the US.

Have you thought about recording yourself on your computer and like the person suggested reading stories. You can also do it for songs and do it yourself. Another option is if you have a web cam then make videos of you singing or reading a story to him.

You can send it by e-mail and then even if they are busy they can play it when they are not.

I am going to do a picture collage for my daughter of my mother in law who passed away. I want her to know her.

If you sew you could make him a special quilt from you.

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Ellen - posted on 03/27/2010

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Thanks Luann and Dawna. We did the web cam last night and it was fabulous. Our grandson couldn't stop talking. He sang his favorite song and talked about school and his friends. He was so excited to see us that we all decided to do this more often. It's difficult because my daughter and son-in-law are so busy but they want to fit it in. The pomeranian even joined in. We had so much fun. My daughter said he was asking to get us back online. Sometimes seeing him makes me miss him even more.

Ellen - posted on 03/27/2010

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We send him packages in the mail with little goodies (like racing cars, balls and books) and he loves opening the package, Claire. We try to include a toy for the family pet, a pomeranian, so they can play together which they both love to do. Since he can't read or write I thought maybe I should draw him some pictures just like he sends us. Thanks for your advice.

Ellen - posted on 03/26/2010

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Yes, having a computer helps to stay in touch but I was hoping for more ideas on what to do on it. My sister suggested writing a story about my grandson using his name, family and friend names and his dog so that he would be excited to hear the story. I thought I would use family pics and include them in the written version and send it with the story read by me on a CD. What does everyone think?

Ellen - posted on 03/26/2010

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Karla, you have great ideas. Tonight we're doing the webcam and I'm very excited since it's been awhile since we did that. Even Grandpa (my husband) will be joining us and he hates to be on it. I think he misses him almost as much as I do. I have videos and pictures of my grandson on my cell phone to take when I go out and it helps me remember some of the fun we have had together. I've made videos in the past but he didn't seem interested but I think I'll try again reading from a new book. Singing from me scares him as it did his mom when she was young so that is out. I really appreciate all your advice as well as everyone else who responded.

Ellen - posted on 03/24/2010

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Thanks Erin. I didn't know that Hallmark has books that you can record your voice reading a story. I'll check into it. It's a great idea.

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Hallmark has those books where you can record yourself reading the story so you can essentially read your grandson a story w/out being there...

Ellen - posted on 03/24/2010

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Thanks Louise. We already use the webcam but not often enough since my daughter and son-in-law are so busy. I do get to watch him at daycare on their website 3 days a week but it isn't enough for me. We also talk on the phone often. I thought there was something else I could do to feel closer to him. Something I can make for him, a homemade book or game.

Louise - posted on 03/24/2010

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Hi,

It is a technology world out there. If you have a computer get a webcam and keep in touch on line. Children love to use computers and to see Grandma on it will tickle him to bits. You also get to see how he is growing up. There is no need to loose touch these days. Good luck!

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