I have two beautiful grandchildren, aged 8 and 6, that unfortunately have always lived very far away and get farther away all the time. I live in Quebec Canada not too far from Montreal. They were born in Ontario Canada, moved to Minnesota USA and they now live on the other side of the world in Malaysia. Where to next??? Maybe Mars or something. It can be hard to figure out how to build a relationship with children when you don’t get to see them face to face very often.
I recently discovered a way to connect with my grandaughter Naomi. I am so happy to finally have a way to connect with her more. Now that she is 8 it is so much easier to have conversation with her. She likes to talk on Skype. After all she IS a girl. Now she has the concentration to be able to sit and chat. She was telling me recently about an author that she likes. He writes a series of books about a mouse named Geronimo who is the editor of “The Rodent’s Gazette” and has lots of crazy adventures. The author uses all kinds of dynamic fonts and lots of illustrations to bring the pages to life. She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next book that she had ordered “The Karate Mouse”. Whoa, a sudden brainstorm hit me. What with video calling on Skype and if I had the same book in my hand we could actually read together just as if we were sitting together on the couch! How beautifully simple!
When I suggested this idea she loved it! I got right on it and ordered the book and once it arrived we had our first experience at video reading. I loved it! My daughter told me that she had been talking about nothing else but what we were planning to do together. It is a little difficult finding the perfect time to read together since our hours are the flip side of each other since my days are her nights but we will hopefully find the right time to connect regularly.
I am planning to suggest the next book to share. Maybe we should read “Superfudge” since she has a younger brother.I hope that this will turn into a long term event!
Now if I could only find something that will work with my 6 year old grandson Joseph. He mostly likes to show me everything he owns and how they work as he dashes in and out of camera range. I need to find something that can grab his attention on the screen. I wonder if they have internet games you can play together that are for young children? I will have to look into that. Hmmm maybe this will prove to be another Whoa! moment.
How do people in your family keep in touch with children that live far away?