Grand Parenting from a Distance

A platform that explores the ways in which connection can be fostered from a grand distance. Weekly tips and an online discussion group where we discuss building and maintaining quality connections with children from afar.
GRAND DISTANCE PARENTING
I have been trying to figure out how to share the I have been trying to figure out how to share the fun and excitement of loosing a #tooth with family from a far.

So far we have been lucky as the first one he was wiggling like crazy and I called #Oma and it fell out during our #videochat. Attempted to do the same for the second #loosetooth but five #facetime calls later the little bugger still isn't out. 
Any ideas?, not for the tooth to come out but for sharing this fun with #family?

#toothfairy #granddistanceparenting #spelling #looseteeth #quilt #6yearold #longdistancefamily #grandchildren #grandparents
Drawing pictures of our family's homes- an easy ac Drawing pictures of our family's homes- an easy activity for integrating #family from afar into everyday activities with #children.

#granddistanceparenting #longdistancefamily #chalkdrawing #kidsactivity #grandma #grandpa #grandchildren #grandparents
Happy belated #valentines day! #granddistancepare Happy belated #valentines day!  #granddistanceparenting - connecting with #family from afar starts from a place of #love with good intentions. It also means hardwork, with lots of rewards from facilitating #connection. 
Don't know where to start? Just call #grandma, put her in the room with you and #play!

#grandchildren #grandparents #6monthold #instababies
#quilt made by @craftysewingandquilting
#longdistancefamily #learningtocrawl #facetime #skypecalls
 #happyvalentinesday❤️
Integrating play into your calls with #longdistanc Integrating play into your calls with #longdistancefamily is an important element in fostering of connection between children and #family. 
Today what started off as a traditional call- a review of the week, and thus showing off a #scienceclub project- an awesome #marshmellow #catapult, ended in #targetpractice with #peanuts where strategies and points were discussed with the #grandparents making comments and observing from the other side of the target. 
#granddistanceparenting #grandchildren #toddlerlife #learningthroughplay #kidsactivities
How do you share your busy #school days with #fami How do you share your busy #school days with #family from afar? 
Video clips from #cello practice? Pictures of happy faces following a big win on the sports field? Audio messages to share results of the big #spellingtest? Quick #videochats between dinners and #swimpractice? 
Connecting with #grandparents and family doesn't have to mean a sit-down 30 minute face-to-face #facetime or #skype call; it can just be a quick hello and the sharing of an everyday moment that facilitates connection. 
#granddistanceparenting #nofilter #cellopractice #6yearold #practicemakesperfect #longdistancefamily #grandma #grandpa #grandchildren
How many of you had #virtualchristmas celebrations How many of you had #virtualchristmas celebrations this year too? 
This one was our last #Christmas celebration on the last day of #winterbreak as its back to school tomorrow, what a way to end the break! See #grandma and #grandpa there on far right?

#granddistanceparenting #facetime #longdistancefamily #grandparents #grandchildren #virtualholidays #packerfans
From the #granddistanceparenting archive - last y From the #granddistanceparenting archive -  last year's #pumpkincarving. I just love these pictures as this is one of the most successful activities we have done here to connect with #grandma and #grandpa. I promise there will be #laughter, conversation, and #connection! 
Have you carved your #pumpkin yet with #family from afar on #facetime? Try it out!
Celebrating the change of seasons at @thislittlefa Celebrating the change of seasons at @thislittlefarminzwijnaarde with a live #videochat with #grandma and #grandpa which involved me  running around after the #kids through the #haymaze, #pumpkinbowling, and playing #apple #tictactoe. 
I love sharing the #traditions of #autumn with #family. How do you share in these traditions with family from afar? 
#granddistanceparenting #facetime #toddlerlife #halloween
One of my favorite #granddistanceparenting traditi One of my favorite #granddistanceparenting traditions- #carvingpumpkins across the wires with #grandma and #grandma! 🍬🍭🎃 How do you celebrate #autumn or #halloween 🎃 with #family from afar? 
#pumpkin #jackolantern #pumpkincarving #facetime @skype
Saving the sitting activities of your day for your Saving the sitting activities of your day for your calls back to grandma and grandpa means the #grandparents catch a few good smiles and some interaction that can facilitate connection, without you chasing after the little one with your device. 
Call #grandma, tell her what is going on, set up the activity, here we are doing #patternsblocks with the #3yearold. Then put the device in front of the child. Suggest to grandma that they ask the child about the blocks, the colors, to show you, etc. To grandma and #grandpa- don't expect a traditional conversation, be #happy with the interaction that you are involved in their #play and that this might trigger a story. Be happy with just observing your #grandchild. It is ok to say nothing, to watch, to feel uncomfortable, to not know what to say. Just #bepresent, that's all that matters.

#granddistanceparenting #longdistancefamily #facetime #whatsapp #pattern
Our annual visit to the apple orchard is always a Our annual visit to the apple orchard is always a sign that the season is changing, a new chapter is starting. Are #granddistanceparenting goals part of your new chapter? Developing new and fun ways to connect with #family from afar? Come along with us as we try ourselves!

We tried calling one of our busy #grandmas as we were picking our #Elstar apples yesterday, but couldn't connect (it happens). Next best thing is to instead send lots of pictures and videos from our fav #appleorchard. Always wish I could bottle up the smells too- fresh #applecake, warm #coffee, of course the smell of the tops of the #apples and #pears and #apple #cherry juice moustache 😉 kisses.

#longdistancefamily #grandchildren #facetime
Setup #bandpractice this weekend for your #granddi Setup #bandpractice this weekend for your #granddistanceparenting call with #family. Calls don't have to be traditional and they certainly don't have to be quiet and well-mannered. Instead get the #drums out, ask #grandma and #grandpa to do the same and #jam together.  You will be surprised how many smiles and conversations you will get out of this activity #acrossthewires.

#toddlerlife #makeshiftband #music #musicwithkids #chopsticks #brotherandsister #facetime #whatsapp #longdistancefamily
Now that the kids are #backtoschool, we are findin Now that the kids are #backtoschool, we are finding new rhythms and working on developing new habits for our #granddistanceparenting #goals - actions we can take to facilitate #connection with #family from afar, despite the distance. 
Include the #grandparents in #afterschool #snacktime by setting the #snacks in front of the device, while the kids munch away and share, if they dare, about their #schooldays.  Or just let the grandparents talk! If it lasts 5 minutes it is a success!! #longdistancefamily #grandchildren #1stgrader #todderlife #facetime
#firstdayofschool = jitters, & excitement. Lots of #firstdayofschool = jitters, & excitement. Lots of obligatory pictures have been sent to all the #grandparents. They have shared memories of my first day(s). #granddistanceparenting  is sometimes just about maxing out your SD card to ensure a good picture for #grandma on the other side of the world.😜 Less cool, Mom getting up at 4:30am to get all our ducks in a row and making #homemade lasagna for their first lunch on their first day. There is something ever comforting about #cooking for your children, that helps me destress at least.

#longdistancefamily #school #blackandwhite #grandchildren #1stgrade #kindergarten
Goodbye #summervacation. #backtoschool tomorrow an Goodbye #summervacation. #backtoschool tomorrow and with a new set of plans and goals for faciliting connection with #family at a distance... #granddistanceparenting #longdistancefamily #swimming #zebrabeach
How are you filling in the dwindling #summerdays w How are you filling in the dwindling #summerdays with your #kids? 
We started off the first real day #jetlag free, post #familyvisit to the #USA, running around the #duinen with #Oma. While struggling to be present here, at home, jetlag or not, when your heart feels stretched across the world...this is #granddistanceparenting. You want be everywhere and nowhere all at once.

#longdistancefamily #grandchildren #nederland #soesterduinen #heath #dunes
As a #granddistanceparenting #parent I often feel As a #granddistanceparenting #parent I often feel like we, as a #family far away from immediate family, are #running through life like a toddler- from one place (we call #home), to another and never having enough time to catch our breath! Before we are off again. Full of curiosity and delight, but struggling to #staypresent.

But upon receiving pictures taken by @studionoveau, of one side our #longdistancefamily, I am reminded of how awesome the adventure and craziness of distance and love and longing is in our lives. And how much we have to be #grateful for despite the distance. Thank you Rebecca!

#runmylittleone 
Thanks @craftysewingandquilting too!

#driftless #daughter #toddlerlife #granddaughter #grandparents #longdistancerelationship #ldr
#Wisconsin #Wisconsinsummer
Goodbyes are the hardest... #granddistanceparentin Goodbyes are the hardest... #granddistanceparenting #flyingwithkids #longdistancefamily #chicago #airport #airplane #backpack  #grandparents #leavingonajetplane #dontknowwhenillbebackagain
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