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Grandparenting Long Distance

Updated on October 12, 2012

Grandparenting Across The Miles

Seven years ago, I lived within ten minutes of my grandchildren and was an integrated part of their lives. My husband and I attended our grandchildren's church and school functions, sporting events and took them exciting places like the zoo. We were weekend overnight babysitters. Every holiday was spent creating and building family moments, birthdays were celebrated together; and yes, we helped love them through many a childhood illness.

I didn't foresee being a long-distance grandparent. My husband came home one day and announced he was offered a poisition that required a move across the country. I was devastated to say the least. I knew we had to accept this opportunity but how could I ever remain a part of my grandchildren's lives?

The first year of separation from our grandchildren was the hardest. I spent many days crying, wondering how they were doing and imaging how lost they were without our help. I had to be strong when we talked over the phone by talking about our new home adventures and how we looked forward to their visiting us soon. We were fortunate enough to be able to get back home to visit them often the first few years. They also traveled with their parents to see us during the major holidays and spring breaks. This helped all of us transition into our new long-distance relationship over time.

Web Cams are great communication tools.
Web Cams are great communication tools.

Grandparenting and Home Visits

Our grandchildren are older now and due to lifestyle changes we are not able to travel as much these days. However, we are fortunate to have the use of technology to bridge the gap between us. We use our iphone's face-to-face option to talk on occasion. Our grandchildren think it is quite fun to walk around the home while chatting and show us their rooms, new toys (our gamer grandson plays wii for our viewing), the cat and other interesting items. And truthfully, we are there with them!

I'm sure many of you also take advantage of Facebook, Twitter and other social media to keep in touch with grandchildren. Isn't it wonderful that you can see them through parent postings on a daily basis and hear all about what's happening in their life? I have albums of stored pics on file that make me smile each time I bring them up on my computer or iphone. My ipad's wallpaper is updated with their latest pictures almost weekly.

However, the most exciting communication tool we have, and one we're glad we invested in, is our computer webcam. Many newer models already come with this feature. If you have the capability, for a reasonably low cost you can install one on any computer. The cost is minimal, practically zero, since it is included in your service provider's monthly fee.

We enjoy being able to talk to each other and see one another in this real time fashion. The software we have allows us to send nudges, winks, write and draw. I've included a picture of a recent conversation I had with my granddaughter that depicts Christmas drawings and a short story we started. (You can see how involved she is in typing on the keyboard...head down and focused!) We plan on continuing the story over the next few weeks and then compiling our writings for a book. As an added incentive, this is a great way for her to polish her creative writing and typing skills.

Our latest trend is to read a book over the phone. My granddaughter and I just finished a mystery and are ready to begin the next book in the series. I have been reading for the most part but I think next time I will get her to read as well. Of course this means we will have to go to the library and check out the same book (Grandma researching in the juvenile section should be fun!). How's that for encouraging a love for reading?

I realize not everyone is able to take advantage of technology to keep in touch with grandchildren but for those of you who can it is worth the cost, time and effort. It makes the long-distance relationship much closer and grand-parenting enjoyable.

Connecting With A Grandchild

Grandparenting long-distance will make a difference in a child's life.
Grandparenting long-distance will make a difference in a child's life.

Closing The Gap

Reflecting back upon what keeps our relationship strong in spite of the distance, I came upon some key learnings. First, we take lots of pictures during visits of which we keep a copy and send them the originals for their keepsake. A picture speaks volumes to a child by providing visual comfort and affirmation of your love. We spend time playing together indoors, outdoors, in the morning and evening, at whatever activity they desire. Our grandchildren love being outdoors and I can remember hours playing in the sandbox, pushing them on the swings, playing at the park, and just watching them play.

We listen. A grandparent's pleasure is hearing a child tell them about their day, share a silly secret, read a book or just tell a joke. We send them "love" packages filled with little surprises like books, toys, crafts (and, sorry, against parent's wishes, candy), and games on their birthdays, for holidays, and just for no reason at all. Lately, my husband includes a letter to my older grandchild, who is a boy and "pre-teen", with bits of wisdom from his life. I guess it's kind of a passing of rites.

I am so blessed to have these grandchildren in my life and thankful for their parents who encourage the bonding between us. My husband and I want to remain a vital part of their growing years. We consider it a privilege and an obligation to role model the impotrant things in life: love, faith, family and communication. Grand-parenting long-distance has been a challenge but we know that in the end it will make a difference.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Nell, we use facetime and skype lots for communication these days. Our pre-teen granddaughter loves playing games over the phone. The teen just loves to chat. Yes, it's wonderful that we have this technology to keep in touch. Hope you are having a great evening.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, thank goodness for technology! it must be so hard to be apart, but this makes it seem so much better, my son lives about 40 miles away, so its hard to get there sometimes because I don't drive, but I talk to him via the facebook link too!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your last thought - grandparents can be a lasting influence - is what helps a child to understand they were loved. Letters are a written form of communication that they can read and re-read for the lasting impression given at the time. Thanks, Carla, for your insightful add to the hub topic. I am sure your daughter still values her grandmother's words today. Blessings.

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      Carla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA

      Dear Teaches, Although my mom lived only 45 minutes away from my daughter, she didn't drive. Her letters, typed on her computer and mailed to my daughter became a source of much inspiration in her teens years. Mom passed away a few years back and with it - her personal encouragement to my daughter. But a grandparent is so important in a child's life - near or far - they can be a lasting influence.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Eddy, thanks for your visit and support. Enjoy your day.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliantly interesting and also useful hub.

      A great read all round.

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      2besure, I am so glad that the hub helped someone in connecting to their children. Enjoy them all, dear lady. Blessings!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for the advice...I live in NC and my granddaughter in OK City. I feel I can now do more to help us get closer. Voted up, FB and Tweeted

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Mary, I too would be in heaven if my kids lived within walking distance from me. As you say, such is life. We are blessed to have them a part of our lives at any distance. Thanks for voting and sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I have 2 grandchildren who live in another state, and I do miss them so. I send them a little card once a week and "talk" to them on FB. I have another granddaughter who just moved to Oregon. I just mailed her a box of chocolate chip (her favorite) yesterday, using pop corn so they don't get broken.

      I am bless to have one granddaughter who lives with me along with her baby.

      I do wish my entire family lived near me, but that's life, right?

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, Lyricwriter, for your loyal support of my efforts. I am deeply grateful. I hope that your parents will continue to be a real presence in your life and of your children. Blessings.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, one again, a very beneficial article you have written. This will be a great article for my parents to read. I live in WV and they live all the way across the US in Arizona. They watched the children a lot and the distance between, I know it bothers them. I hope in time, I can move them back home. This will help in the time being. Just very wise information Teaches, you are a vast well of knowledge my friend. Voting this up and all the way across but funny. Shared as well.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Sommer, so happy for your children and parents! Having this relationship will only prove to raise children with well balanced lives. We face time with ours also, you are almost there with them. Thanks for the votes of support and visit. Have a great week.

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      Sommer Dalton 5 years ago

      This is so beautifully written and positive, I loved this! My children facetime my parents twice or more a week! Great hub!! Voted up and everything except funny:)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Vinaya, I am sure your sister greatly appreciates your parents keeping in touch with her child. It is such a blessing to have this bonding between families. Glad you came by to visit and to leave an added value to the hub topic. Have a great day!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      My parents live 250 miles away, but they are very fond of my sister's child. They use long distance calls to give advice to my sister about parenting. Thanks for sharing your first person experience.

      Cheers

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hey, Deborah. I know how you feel. I enjoy the tech visits, but I still miss being able to hug them in person. I have missed out on some important miles stones in their lives. But, think about if we didn't have the technology to keep in touch at all! Thanks for your visit here and thanks for sharing. God bless you.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Teaches.... I am writing a hub right now about being a grandmother..i want to add this link in it.. I love this hub.. I am a long distance grandmother with my sons children.. I have some grandchildren here around me in Tennessee,, but the ones in Texas it breaks my heart not being with them all the time.

      Blessings to you for writing this

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Millionaiare, we still enjoy the electronic visits. I am going to have to update this hub soon with some other things we are now doing. It was great to have you visit here. Enjoy your day.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are great tips for bridging the miles distance and keeping the relationship close and strong. We do have a lot of resources that are available now to make the world a much smaller place. I hope you can continue to have the electronic visits and physical ones as well. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Jools, grandkids are worth all the effort. Thanks for the support of the hub. Always good to have your visit.

      Ignugent, I am not going to lie here and say the technology is all we need, we do miss the physical visits. However, next best thing works well. Thanks for visiting. Take care and enjoy your day.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      teaches12345,

      This is very useful to all grandparents who wants to keep in touch with their grandchildren. The best thing about your experience is that you are already very close with them and you just need to fill in the gap. Your grandkids are very lucky to have you. Enjoyed your hub.

      Got to go you might want to chat with your grandkids. Have a good day! :-)

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      teaches12345, a beautiful hub - you have almost made that distance non-existent because you are finding ways to keep that strong connection between you and your grandchildren. Lovely, heartfelt hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Sunshine, I am so thankful for all the new technology that makes the distance between us seem like nothing. It's the next best thing to being there with them.

      Janine, glad that this hub made a difference for you, your girls and your aunt. It is so important that they keep each other connected in life events. It will mean so much to them later as adults.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Dianna. This was awesome to say the least and very much enjoyed how you have bridged the gap of a long distance relationship with your grand kids. My great-aunt (is like a great-grandmother to them) goes to Florida in the winter and she and my girls adore each other. We plan on using Skype to keep in touch during the winter months. You have given me hope that we can make it work. Have voted up, shared and tweeted too!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I can't imagine being a long distance grandparent, yet absence makes the heart grow fonder. I hear Skype, Google Chat and FaceTime on he iPhone help also. I use FaceTime often to speak with my daughter who lives in Gainesville. Beautiful hub Dianna.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Linda, we don't know what we would do without the webcam. It keeps us so close together. Glad that you get to see your family often using this technology. I enjoyed your visit and thank you for stopping by. Take care.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      I think the webcam is a great idea for staying connected to grandchildren or any family members separated by miles. My step grandson is turning 15 this week. They grow up so quickly and we only see he and his mother once a year. It's a great way to be present in their lives. Thanks for the lovely Hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It is heartbreaking when families are seperated by such long distances. I often yearn to be closer to my children. I am glad this will be of comfort to others. Technology does help to bridge the gap. Be blessed in your walk today, my friend.

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      BecauseIloveyou 5 years ago from PA USA

      This is wonderful insights and great help for techno knit wits like me. I bookmarked this so hopefully you can help others, who I will recommend this article to. I have many friends, who's hearts are broken, because their children moved so far away and took their grandchildren with them. Blessings to you!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Leah, I can relate to your situation in job moves. We moved here for the same reasons, now my husband and I are hunting jobs again due to sale of the company. The economy here is also down and it may require a move again. However, this may mean we would land jobs closer to family. That would be wonderful, just hopeful. Glad you have great friends as they can be family also. Take care and stay focused.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      We do struggle with it at times - we are originally from California and the job situation out there is absolutely dismal. Biotech companies are very likely to outsource, as labor is much cheaper in other countries. We were chosen as part of the transfer team, so we moved to Bray, Ireland for a year. Once it was over, we struggled to find new jobs - and ended up in Western New York with the Irish company (they have a US location in Jamestown). It was quite the move, but it was either that or continuing to remain jobless for an indeterminate period of time! Still, it is hard to be away from family, particularly with a son who has medical needs. We have great friends out here, but there is nothing like family!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I also wish plane tickets were more reasonable, Leah. But, as you said, technology does help to keep in touch with those you love. You have quite a distance between your family and the grandparents, that is hard in a relationship. I sometimes wonder why we make those moves (we have moved over eight times with job transfers). Good to hear how well you are dealing with the changes and this information will help you bond with your family. You are a positive contribution to my day. Blessings.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      This one really speaks to me - my parents (along with my in-laws) live over 3,000 miles away. We were the ones who had to move, due to outsourcing. We originally moved to Ireland, and then to Western NY where our children were born. My in-laws make the plane flight at least twice per year, but I see my parents once every two or three years. It is difficult, but I am thankful for technology. Skype, Facebook, and frequent phone calls keep us updated on what is going on in each others' lives. I only wish plane tickets weren't so expensive!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I never felt so alone when I had to leave my grandchildren at such a young age. It was harder on me than them. As you noted, we can make it better by keeping in touch often through different forms of communication. I do love a handwritten letter above all else. Thanks for the reflection, FirstSteps, your visit is a warm welcome to my day.

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      FirstStepsFitness 5 years ago

      Very inspiring well put together Hub Teaches12345 ! You are so right the first year my only 3 Grandchildren moved to the opposite side of the USA was by far the toughest , it felt like empty nest . They are so young all 3 under 8 years of age the social media will work well over time . Until then good old fashioned cards , letters and gifts . Some phone calls too .

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Yes, technology is our friend, especially when it helps us keep in touch with our loved ones. Glad you enjoyed the read and I thank you for visiting, acaetnna. Be careful out there.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Technology is so wonderful to allow you to keep in close contact with others so far away. A great hub again.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for visiting the hub and for leaving a comment, Billybuc. I trust that some day you will be able to use this technology to keep in touch with your grandchildren. Always glad to see you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was lovely my dear. I'm not a grandparent yet but some day I trust I'll be lucky enough to bounce a little one on my knee. I completely understand this hub and I'm glad you at least have technology to make up in some way for the lost personal time.

      My best to you and yours,

      bill

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It is sad that some grandparents are left out of their grandkids lives. I know the value of being a real influence on mine and how much they bless me in return. Whether it is far or near, technology does allow us to foster a close relationship with our children. Isn't it just wonderful to be able to see them anytime and chat? I love WDW for the forward thinking they present and they were right on with this one. Glad to hear that you are a caring and nurturing grandparent and I'm sure your grandchildren think you are the best! Thanks for the read and support.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      It is so good to see this post on the importance of grandparenting! Too many grandparents are not very interested in their grandchildren. Some grandparents are kept out of the loop, distant by more than miles from their grandchildren even though they would like very much to be involved in their lives. Society has changed and the valuable role that only a loving grandparent can play in a child's life has been devalued.

      Although ours are as far across the country as miles can take them, we are thankful for the modern technology that allows us to keep in touch with them between visits better than we would have been able to even 15 years ago. When we first began video chatting I was reminded of living near WDW in Orlando.

      About 25 years ago there was a space themed area that included a futuristic scene in which grandparents video-chatted with their children and grandchildren from one planet to another. We laughed about the possibility back then… ?

      Now, parents and grandparents should make it happen rather than neglect the important opportunity for the grandkids to connect with their grandparents. Neat and important post!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Formosangirl, I am happy to hear how this has inspired you to connect with family. This will be a great benefit to your children (and the whole family). You're visit means much to me and I am thankful for your support and sharing. Blessings.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you for this thoughtful hub. I am going to remind my husband to consider video communications with the children's grandparents in Louisiana as well as their cousins in Indiana. We, too, must make the effort to close the gap when our relatives live so far. Voted up and useful. Shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Your comment is much appreciated, Sonya. I am glad you enjoyed reading the hub. It is always a good thing when grandparents are able to keep in touch with their loved ones. Blessings.

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      This is a beautiful hub with some great suggestions, I enjoyed reading it.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I can only imagine the great joy your son and father will get out of reading together on the webcam. Thanks for the visit and your kind comments and vote of support. See you around hubpages.

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      KDF 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      Very good teaches. Sounds like you were able to counter to distance with the move and make the most of what technology gives us. Glad you can interact with the grandkids and that it makes you happy. The reading of books over the cam is something I'm going to see if my dad will do for my younger son. He is a great story teller and they live over 2500 miles away so I can relate. Voted Awesome!!!!!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It seems as if we have the same story. You are on the right track with your positive outlook and keepin in touch. Kuddos to your daughter for keeping the relationship alive and making sure they you are a part of their lives. Thanks for the support and comment.

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I'm in much the same situation and have been all but one year of my grandchildren's lives. Skype is our lifeline and helps me fight off jealousy of the other grandparents who live in the same town as the children. The situation is intensified by a divorce. We "see" our kids at least once a week. We try to send holiday packages (not expensive) for everything we can think of, not just the major ones. My daughter is also good about keeping pictures of us with the kids around her house to reinforce our role in the children's lives. They are only 3 and 6, so I'm keeping your ideas for use as they grow older. Thanks.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Just posted some ideas for those who wish to explore new technologies that connect us in a different way. There's nothing like a phone call that makes a day go better. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Some excellent tips that I'll pass on to my mother. She's not very technically savvy though, so the benefits of webcams and social media elude her. But that story-over-the-phone idea is something she can do. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Consider yourself hugged, Deborah. I know how you feel. Whenever we have to say good-bye I have to toughen up and walk away smiling (when I really want to wail!). Glad you got to spend some time with them last year and hopefully you will do this again in 2012.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      My grandchildren is so far away from me. I got to spend most of the summer and then thanksgiving through new year with them. It is such a blessing to be near them.I cry when I am not with them... I love your hub on grandchildren..

      Voted up

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, James. It is a blessing to be a part of their lives still through technology. I appreciate your stopping by for a visit.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed reading this beautiful story. I am glad you found ways to stay intimately involved with the lives of your grandchildren. God Bless.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Deborrah. I appreciate your comments. Yes, I am thankful for the technology that keeps me in touch with my grandchildren.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Teaches12345, Great hub! Wonderful suggestions! Keeping the lines of communiciation open is important! No doubt it was a hard transition moving far away! Grandchildren are delightful and each of them are so different... Thank God for modern technology! Spending quality time with them is important! Keeping them a priority has motivated you to become very creative! So glad that you continue to enjoy a close relationship! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You are welcom, Movie Master. Yes, I am fortunate and blessd to be able to communicate often through technology but still miss the actual "in person" visits. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Glad your daughter is "seeing" you more often.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank goodness for modern technology! my daughter lives in Canada, we now use 'skype'

      It sounds as though you have a wonderful relationship with your grandchildren, thank you for sharing this lovely hub and useful advice.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Sofs, technology can be a positive; especially for those of us who live so far from our loved ones. Ask your mother if she would communicate in this way. You never know she may surprise you and everyone would benefit. Thanks for the hub comment and support. Be blessed today!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      You are a hi tech grandma.. LOL. Wonderful!... I love it when I skype and speak to my friends on the other side of the world...but I wonder if I could ever drag my mother to the computer to be with her grand kids.. Lovely to have technology bridge the gaps and brings us closer.. we often hear about how it breaks relationships.. Great hub.. I loved it! Have a lovely weekend. God Bless!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I know the feeling, mljdgulley354. I am grateful for my hubby, friends, work and faith I have in my life to enjoy my home. I miss being able to hug and kiss on my grandchildren and talk in person. It is hard to adjust and it takes putting it all into perspective of how life goes on and facing the future. They will always be a part of our lives and I am thankful for the technology that enables us to communicate frequently. Keep in touch with them and it will make a positive difference to each of you.

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      A wonderful hub. This is the first time I have been very far from my grandchildren. It is very hard not being right there to watch them grow but we talk on the phone and fb. That helps a lot but just doesn't seem to be the same. I am thankful my daughter introduced me to hubpages.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks, thougtforce for reading the hub and I appreciate your comments and support. Congratulations on the new grandson! Some people have skype which is similar to webcam and find it a great way to keep connected. You may want to rethink getting one sooner than later though. It's so wonderful to actually see them and hear them talk and interact through technology.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This was an inspiring article and some very good advices on how we can preserve a good connection as grandparents also at long distance. For some reason I have never thought of this way of communicating, and that is strange since I use both a iPhone and the computer very much. This is use of technology when it is as its best! We have just increased the family with a grandson to my husband and they live far a way from us also so I will remember this when he grows up and can use technology!

      You seem to have such a good relation with your grandkids!

      Voted up, useful,

      Tina

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am glad that you are so close to your parents and that your child has a very special relationship with them as well. Yes, it is a bond that no one can sever. I think your parents and child will be pleased with the webcam communication. We really do feel like we are visiting each other's homes when we chat. Thanks for your comments and stopping in for a view. Hope you get to see your family often.

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      jacqui2011 5 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      What a lovely hub and one that I can relate to. Four years ago I moved 400 miles away from my parents to live in England with my new partner and my 10 year old daughter. It is very hard and I miss my parents so much, and I know they miss me and their granddaughter. I think it is so important for grandchildren to really spend time with their grandparents. We travel up to Scotland in the holidays and my parents come to us at Christmas. My daughter phones them regularly and sends e-mails. My parents are always sending her little letters, presents money or candy. They are very close, despite the miles.

      I think that no matter the distance between, that special grandparent/child bond is always there. I will definitely need to look into my mum having a webcam as I think it would make a difference if they could see her occasionally. Thank you for such a lovely hub. You are doing a great job with your grandkids and they are lucky to have such caring grandparents. Voted up/awesome/beautiful.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      So glad you are able to help raise your grandchildren and they in turn will be blessed. Yes, technology has some good to it!

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      Fiddleman 5 years ago

      Great hub and thank God for the modern technology. We have our grandsons 3 to 4 day s each week now as they are in preschool and their mom works evenings. At 3 and 5 years and 100% all boy, they keep me and grandma busy. We love them so much and are making memories that will last a life time.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It is wonderful that you are near your grandchildren and they are blessed to have you so close. Yes, keeping in touch with grandchildren these days is so important. It's worth the cost and time. Blessings!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Beautiful and wise advice for anyone in your position. Right now my husband and I live quite near our grandkids and I am beyond grateful. There are wonderful and amazing ways to stay connected now and as you point out taking advantage of them helps take the sting out of being far away.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, prasetio30, for your kind words and support. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. I know teachers are always looking for information to share with parents that encourage family relationships.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was a beautiful hub. As a teacher I give my appreciation to this information. I learn many things from you. Rated up and useful. Have a good day!

      Prasetio

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Seeker7, glad you agree with the technology connection. It's how you use it that makes the difference. Thanks for your input.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      alocsin, you are so right. This would work for other relationships as well. Keeping communication open is important and shows you care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Bookmom, yes it is wonderful to be a part of their lives. We are probably just as close at heart but can't beat being able to get a physical hug some days.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      A great hub! There is a lot of criticism about social networking sites, but when put to the best of uses - keeping in touch with family - then they are definately a wonderful invention. New technology in general is bridging the gaps so that we no longer feel the same sense of isolation from our loved ones as we once did.

      There are certainly many good things that are happening today within technology, inspite of all the apparent dangers and misuse that seems to occur.

      Great hub + voted up!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Nice suggestions for keeping the link alive. This will work not just for grandparents but also with any relatives who live far away. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      thebookmom 5 years ago from Nebraska

      Such a beautiful hub! How blessed your grandkids are to have you want to be a part of their lives and work so hard to know them even though you are far apart. Very inspiring.