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.

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
Instagram post 2088578604632962834_4567072772 "And then while I'm away. I'll write home every day. And I'll send all my loving to you..." The Beatles

off to the #grandparents to fill up on sunshine and love

#granddistanceparenting #longdistancefamily #flying #airplane #grandma #grandpa #grandchildren
Instagram post 2082506622359339052_4567072772 A #bee drinking water off our floor, a reason to call your #uncle, right? 
In the #granddistanceparenting world technology affords us to bring eachother right into our worlds. Keeping in touch is easy, but becoming accustomed to random phones at odd times (literally catching the kids for a moment that may potentially facilitate connection) is not ordinary, but oh so worth it! Just give 'em a ring.  #longdistancefamily #facetime #skype #bees #naturewithkids #family #aunts
Instagram post 2077879186099526387_4567072772 Give me a ring, while you are making dinner... #granddistanceparenting #grandparents #grandchildren #facetime #skype #longdistancefamily #cookingwithkids #cucumber #melon #summermenu
Instagram post 2062523934131190589_4567072772 This is #granddistanceparenting- making time for each other, despite the distance, to exchange a few smiles, an opportunity to facilitate connection through the wires.

Late afternoon #chat on #fathersday !;) over #icecream and #coffee.

#familymatters #longdistancefamily #grandchildren #facetime #skype #videochat #family #kids
Instagram post 2061587779722194813_4567072772 Integrating #family from afar into your daily activities can be as simple to #reading a #book together. Or if your child is old enough have them read to #grandma and #grandpa.
Instagram post 2057223761154803536_4567072772 Moments like this, when I want to instantly transport our #family from afar right to us... enjoying the morning sun on the #beach in #Zeeland and all that comes with it with #kids- the #giggles of the first #waves on their feet, and first splash of saltly water in their mouths, discovering #shells, and sounds. #wishyouwerehere but waving to you from the other side of the #coast!  #granddistanceparenting #longdistancefamily #strand #beachlife #cadzand #sandcastle

Psst.. listened to #Zoutelanden on rewind during our drive up (guilty pleasure, those new Dutch #volksliedjes)