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
Instagram post 2132598877841456186_4567072772 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
Instagram post 2128199112907173058_4567072772 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 πŸ˜‰ kisses.

#longdistancefamily #grandchildren #facetime
Instagram post 2127445140307078579_4567072772 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
Instagram post 2125379370559342511_4567072772 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
Instagram post 2123947708181069428_4567072772 #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
Instagram post 2123534270577402808_4567072772 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
Instagram post 2112045812721055043_4567072772 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
Instagram post 2110339103858210739_4567072772 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
Instagram post 2106935205088956263_4567072772 Goodbyes are the hardest... #granddistanceparenting #flyingwithkids #longdistancefamily #chicago #airport #airplane #backpack  #grandparents #leavingonajetplane #dontknowwhenillbebackagain
Instagram post 2105172287208860147_4567072772 The days of visiting #family, when living the majority of the year far away, are full and intense- filled with the biggest highs (#cuddling with #grandparents upon awaking, and extra #icecream) and lows (#tantrums and anxiety from the different way of life and unexpected changes or habits). One thing is for sure it always goes by too fast! 
We will miss you all! And these big blue open skies.

#longdistancefamily #grandchildren #grandma #grandpa #granddistanceparenting #kite #kiteflying #Wisconsin #bluesky #playinginpjs
Instagram post 2101952796752685897_4567072772 Bringing your children or #grandchildren to places and doing things with them you remember or did as a child seems to always bring tears to the eyes. Making a new memory in a favorite place just makes things extra sentimental. Or is it just me?

And @theminaquabats were just as good as I remember from 30 years ago! 
#waterskishow #minaquabats #humanpyramid #Minocqua #Wisconsin #lakeminocqua #family #granddistanceparenting #longdistancefamily #travelwithkids
Instagram post 2100241208254105978_4567072772 Spending quality time with #grandparents doesn't have to be big outings or involve showering the #grandkids with gifts or sweets; involving your #grandchildren from afar in everyday activities will make their hearts sing! 
Here my son with his #grandfather assisting in cutting down trees and general #northwoods maintenance. This was a full day of work for 4 grown men that my son happily followed along and was very impressed as in his 6 year old mind he really cut down a tree with his #grandpa, and 2 #uncles. #safetyfirst of course!

#lumberjack #Minocqua #Wisconsin #cabinlife #granddistanceparenting #family #longdistancefamily
Instagram post 2099449981123930817_4567072772 We try to fill our days with family with one big activity that we can keep talking about for the rest of the year when we are physically far away from then and then lots of hanging out. 
Making memories at #scheerslumberjackshow in #Woodruff this past week. We left with a signed piece of wood and true respect for the strength and skill of #lumberjacks! 
#granddistanceparenting #grandparents #uncle #lumberjack #woodruff #Wisconsin #travelwithkids
Instagram post 2098795407900571786_4567072772 Filling up this #summerbreak on silence, walks through the #woods and love and attention from #family makes the heart feel full. ❀ often not having a plan at all for the day, makes for the best days with #grandma and #grandpa. 
How are you spending the #summer with your kids? We try to always get in a nice long visit with family from afar.

#granddistanceparenting #cabinlife #naturewalk #hikingwithkids #Minocqua #Wisconsin #grandparents #grandchildren #uncles #aunts
Instagram post 2095874051969921690_4567072772 Filling up on memories to sustain us when we are back home, far away from family. One of my fav places- at our #family #cabin on the little #pond I spent nearly every #summer on in #Minocqua  #Wisconsin.

#granddistanceparenting #boat #travelwithkids #gonefishing #motheranddaughter
Instagram post 2093739513949068840_4567072772 #granddistanceparenting heart is being filled with attention from #grandma and #grandma, their #goldenlabradors and the peace and solitude of the #northwoods. 
How do you fill your days with #family, while visiting? 
#longdistancefamily #grandchildren #grandparents #dogs #pinetrees #minocqua #Wisconsin #familytrip
Instagram post 2090747779610583414_4567072772 A girl and her (uncle's) #dog; filling up on lots of goodness is essential for sustaining #granddistanceparenting. It is this kinda love that sustains them when we are back home and far away from #family.

#longdistancefamily #kidsanddogs
#puupylove #sunshine #woods