Keeping up our connections with Grandparents
I don’t know about you, but my children are lucky enough to have 3 extremely involved and loving grandparents. My biggest hesitation in moving 1750km away this time last year, was taking my brood away from their nanas who they love. Now up until Covid, there had been regular trips back and forth by both us and them - now we are tasked with trying to find ways for my young children to connect with their grandparents through digital mediums. My kids are very young and therefore their attention spans are tiny, so we are finding that calls with a purpose are the key to meaningful connection. I’m hoping that in the years to come, these are the things my kids remember about this time:
1. Playing a board game.
The last time my mum came up to visit she brought the kids a game of ‘Guess Who’, which my 2, 4 and 5 year old are all capable of playing with varying levels of support from an adult. What was genius was that she also bought one for herself back in Sydney. Since she went home we are able to set up a game quite easily over zoom or facetime with one board set up here and another down there. Apart from the fact that miss 4 always insists on picking the same person, it has been working beautifully.
2. Reading a book.
This one is hardly revolutionary, but is great for even the youngest of kids. Early in march I ordered a large pile of kids books to be delivered to my mum’s house which were age appropriate for each of my kids. Now nana is able to read a book to the kids whenever she has some time. This is particularly helpful if the kids are craving some one on one time (which I cant give them) or if Miss 4 needs to be distracted whilst I help Mr 5 with his homeschool work. It’s a win for everyone.
3. Dancing to Tiktok
This last one is more for the younger or more energetic grandparents or perhaps aunts and uncles. Tik Tok dances. Our family has been getting into the tiktok revolution during Iso. If you haven’t heard of it yet, its basically an app where you do a 15 second video of yourself doing a choreographed dance. These dance routines or “challenges” are then repeated by millions of people around the world.
In our house, we have been picking out the simplest of the dance routines and learning them as a family. We then send them to nanna and pop so that they can learn them too. There have been some pretty hilarious results so far. The kids adore it, and Mr 2 will watch them over and over again on the iPad if I let him.
I’m sure that this is just the tip of the iceberg and there are people all over the world coming up with exciting ways to keep their kids connected to family. So please, send me your tips and tricks.