For most grandparents, it’s not often that you get to see your grandchildren…
Maybe its distance, a generation gap, or lack of common interests that keeps you from connecting with them; but regardless of your circumstance, here are 6 effective ways to connect with your grandchildren and build better relationships.
- The great thing about Facebook is that you can see what your grandchildren are up to. It’s a great place to look at pictures, explore their interests, and comment on things they like, or keep up on the events that are happening in their life. You can create a free Facebook account online at http://www.facebook.com, search for your grand kids, and add them as friends!
- SnapChat is an App you can download on your phone that allows you to send and receive pictures from your loved ones. When you click on a SnapChat, the picture shows for a certain amount of seconds, and deletes from your phone. It’s a fun way to connect because it’s like texting, but with pictures.
- Sending videos back and forth to one another is a great way to connect with your grandchildren. YouTube allows you to have your own channel. Think as if the computer is a television and you get channel 4 to broadcast your thoughts, opinions and ideas to the world. If you aren’t into creating your own videos then share funny ones with your grand kids that you think that they will laugh at or will enjoy. Get your channel today by signing onto http://www.youtube.com
- Read books together
- At first you might think that this option is for grandparents that live close to their grandchildren, but that’s not the case. Due to modern technology you can feel like you are right next to your loved ones. Depending on how old your grandchildren
are depends on the types of books you will read with them. When they’re young you can read them children’s books but as they grow older you can begin reading things that they are interesting to them and treat your conversations like a book club.
- Tell stories
- Remember how your kids used to get sick of hearing the same stories over and over again? Well now you can tell those same stories to your grand kids and they will feel brand new to them, they might even tell you to tell them the story twice. Another great way of sharing your stories with them is to write them down in a journal or on your computer so that they will always have the stories with them so they can learn about your life and be able to one day tell your stories to their kids and grand kids.
- Phone call
- The last suggestion is one of the surest ways of connecting with your grandchildren, give them a phone call. This suggestion has used been used by grandparents for years and years but that’s because it works. Just by taking a few minutes out of your day and calling your grand kids can do wonders for your relationships.
No matter your preference, I hope these ideas inspire new and fun ways to create a better relationship between you and your grandchildren!