Monday, February 12, 2007

Sharing Love with Grandchildren Across the Miles

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

We love our grandchildren dearly, and when you live across the miles as we do, we try to find ways to stay in touch. We enjoy sending them little things ... be it a note, a card, their own special letter, some candy, a little cash at special times even if it is one or two dollars. Yes, e-mails are nice, but don't forget how letters, notes, and cards can be kept as keepsakes by your grandchildren. They can look back on them as they get older and see the dates and also what State it was postmarked from, as well as how postage stamps looked in the time period of your mailing.

For example on Valentine's Day since they live in another state, we sent conversation hearts and gum (always a favorite) - along with a card and a little cash for their fantastic grades in school! We're so proud of each of them and always want to let them know how special and loved they are ... not only in our eyes, but in God's eyes! As grandparents, we don't 'always' need to send cash or something we purchased, as even receiving mail from their grandparents is special. This reminds them we are thinking of them and keep them in our hearts.

Report card time is always a special time to remember your grandchildren. Send them a special letter, a note, or make them a card yourself and let them know just how proud you are of them for working so hard in school. Kids love little drawings on their letters or cards so try that as well! Children will never forget the words "I'm proud of you" - and of course always hearing you tell them how very much they are loved - whether it be by letter or hearing your voice - it is something they will never forget.

When you take time to make a special phone call just to talk to your grandchild and their parent answers, ask if you can speak to each of your grandchildren first, and then you would love to say hello to them when you are finished. Parents won't mind. They will be happy you are keeping in touch - and your grandchildren will know they received a phone call just for them.

Would you like ideas on keeping that special bond with your grandchildren? You may find this article helpful.

Remember to always keep your grandchildren in your prayers!

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