Once little ones start making their appearance on the family tree, it really changes the dynamic of the whole family. It's so much fun to watch a little newborn grow and learn new things every single day. Before you know it, they become a little toddling 2-year old with what seems to be a permanent bruise on their forehead, then they quickly turn into a little kid that says "the darndest things." Because of all these frequent milestones, growth spurts, and developments, it can make being away from children really difficult. Whether you're separated from a child because of a business trip, a weekend conference, or because you're a relative that lives far away, there are still ways to make sure the child (or children) stay connected and close, no matter the distance.
KEEPING CONNECTIONS STRONG WHEN DISTANCE IS FAR
1. Create a YouTube channel where videos can be uploaded for your child to watch. If you are a parent that travels, you can record small videos with your phone or camera while traveling. Upload the videos to your YouTube channel and then your child can see what you've been up to. If you're a grandparent, you can record yourself reading a storybook that your grandchild has at their house. This way, anytime a child wants to be read a bedtime story by Grandma or Grandpa, all he/she has to do is request that Mom or Dad opens up the YouTube channel. You could also record yourself singing your child/grandchild's favorite songs.
2. Invest in some recordable storybooks. Recording and uploading videos onto YouTube might not be for everyone. Another option that's just as sincere and heartfelt is purchasing recordable children's storybooks. My son loves listening to the storybooks that both of his grandmothers have recorded for him. Every time I open up one of the books and he hears one of their voices, he turns and looks at me with the biggest grin. While this makes the perfect gift for grandparents to give to their grandchildren, it's also a great idea for a mom and/or dad to prepare ahead of time so that the child can still have a bedtime story read to him/her while a parent is away for travel.
What about you and your family? How do you stay connected when you're far away? How do you help make the distance seem not so far? I'd love to hear from you!
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