Long Distance Grandparenting
Have you recently learned that you are going to be a new grandparent? If you have, you may be experiencing the normal excitement and happiness, even if you live a thousand miles away. Unfortunately, long distance grand parenting can be stressful and frustrating, from all sides, but there are a number of steps that you can take to make it appear as if you live right next door.
One of the first things that you will want to do, when a long distance grandparent, is start planning your trips to see your grandchild. This is particularly important if you are on a budget or if you must make expensive travel arrangements. Unfortunately, the high costs of travel often keep long distance grandparents home, but you shouldn’t let it. Preplanning can allow you to develop a money saving budget. All money saved can go towards the cost of travel. No matter what sacrifices you need to make, if any, they will be well worth it when you see your new grandchild.
Another step that you will want to take is speaking with your child to see what they need for their impending arrival. Being a long distance grandparent, you may be unable to attend baby showers or see first hand which new baby gifts were given. Before purchasing any supplies, toys, or clothes for your new grandchild, you will want to speak with the parents first. This will prevent unnecessary purchases and it will also enable you to purchase items that will be put to good use.
As previously stated, long distance grandparents may be unable to attend pre-baby celebrations, such as baby showers. If that is the case, you may want to take steps to create your own celebrations. If you have other friends or family members where you reside, you may want to collect baby gifts to send back home. If you will be arriving to see your new grandchild shortly after their birth, you may want to plan your own baby shower. This is actually a common occurrence with long distance relatives.
Another one of the many steps that you will want to take, as a long distance grandparent, involves keeping constant contact with your child. This will provide you with a direct link to your new grandchild. Be sure to state your wishes of being an active, long distance grandparent. You may want to take steps to set up an email account. This email account will allow you to regularly stay updated with the progress of your grandchild, through pictures. Also, something as simple as speaking to your new grandchild on the phone will help them identify you by sounds.
The above mentioned points are just a few of the many that you, as a long distance grandparent, will want to take into consideration. As your grandchild grows, you may want to take steps to send gifts out their way for each occasion, including holidays. For instance, a small Easter basket for Easter or a small bag of treats for Halloween, may make it appear as if you are right there enjoying each and every important minute with your family.
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