3 Quick Ways You Can Close the Distance Gap Between Grandparents and Grandkids

by Jennifer Sikora

My kids’ grandmother lives in another city that is about an hour and a half away. We go to visit her, but not as often as she would like.

With the gas prices like they are, visiting is a luxury that we sometimes cannot afford. There are a few things that we, as parents, can do to help close the distance gap between the grandparents and grandkids.

1. Use your computer and talk to them via a video software program

Many grandparents have went taken classes on how to use computers, so showing them how to use a video conferencing software is a great way to close that distance gap. By chatting with their grandkids, grandparents don’t feel so left out. They can see and hear about their first steps, wave to them, blow them kisses, and much much more!

2. Weekend sleepovers are wonderful therapy for grandparents

My daughter goes at least once every other month and spends an entire weekend, sometimes a whole week with her grandmother. This is their time to reconnect and spend quality time together

3. Create beautiful memory books for grandparents as gifts

Grandparents LOVE photo gifts such as photo books, calendars, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and nick nacks that they can set around their home. This gives them a special visual so that they feel connected to their grandchild even more. Even when they cannot be there, just seeing their face every day helps draw them closer together.

Lulu.com is the perfect place for creating those beautiful gifts!

I recently created a gift for my mother-in-law that our kids are going to present to her at Christmas. She loves calendars and photo books, so my daughter helped me create the perfect gift for her.

 

The calendar is 13.5″ by 19″ long and is absolutely gorgeous! Creating it on screen does not do it justice. It is one of the best photo products that I have seen in a very long time. The process literally took me about 10-15 minutes to complete.

About Lulu.com

In a national survey* commissioned by Lulu, 96 percent of grandparents said they consider the holiday season an important time for families to be together. And 90 percent said that during the holidays, they long to spend more time with their grandkids.

But with the economy tight, gas prices high and families spread far and wide, sharing time in person is not always an option. By freeing photos from our hard drives and mobile phones, we re-connect with a great tradition of sharing memories and joy through pictures.

Lulu can help you easily turn your pics into a photo album or calendar in less time than it takes to drive to the mall and back.

Lulu.com is a one-stop shop where anyone can publish anything as a print or eBook for free and sell it to customers all over the world.  Since 2002, Lulu.com has helped over one million creators in over 200 countries and territories publish their remarkable works.  Creators set their own price and keep up to 90 percent of the profits when their book sells.  By introducing the world’s first open-publishing platform, Lulu.com is providing creators, businesses, and publishers alike with the freedom to create their own custom publishing solutions.  With 10 years experience and over 2 million stories, Lulu.com is the clear leader in open-publishing.

Create the perfect gift and save 20%

Lulu.com wants to help you close that gap between grandparents and grandkids. Right now, you can save 20% off calendars and photo books. Use the code FESTIVUS (in all caps). This code is good through November 21st.

What is the perfect gift you can create?

We are working in partnership with Lulu.com to close the distance between grandparents and grandkids. All opinions listed are our own.



Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Sikora

Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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