Whether they’re down the street or across the world, chances are your kids haven’t seen their grandparents in quite a while. Here’s how to maintain the bond despite the distance.
As the Circuit Breaker wears on here in Singapore, we’ve now crossed the one-month mark of not really leaving the house. Meanwhile, travel restrictions seem like they’ll be in place for months to come. Chances are, your kiddos haven’t seen their grandparents in person in recent months, and if they’re abroad, they probably won’t for quite a while.
Given that Covid-19 has a significantly higher mortality rate among those age 60 and over, most grandparents have been staying home and may be experiencing increased feelings of isolation. It’s as important a time as any to keep your kiddos in touch with their grandparents. Fortunately thanks to video chat, it’s easier than ever to maintain face-to-face contact, despite distance and time differences. Here are 7 ways to keep bonding with grandparents in the age of Covid!
If your kiddo has a favorite bedtime book or is currently obsessed with a particular picture or chapter book series, why not let grandparents get in on the fun (while hopefully buying you some peace and quiet)? We know some parents who email or WhatsApp photos or PDFs of picture books for grandparents to read along, or they (or you) can order a copy from Amazon.
Looking for some story book inspo? Click here for heaps of options!
Share & Cook a Recipe
Zoom cooking is actually pretty fun. What better way for Grandma or Grandpa to start passing down your most cherished family recipes than when we’re all stuck at home with plenty of time on our hands? Just make sure you have all the ingredients on hand and off you go. Need some inspiration? Check out these easy bread recipes or these healthy snack recipes for kids!
Sing-a-longs / Teach them a Song
A great thing to do with babies or toddlers is to sing songs together. Grandparents can get animated with classics like “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” or “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” or perhaps teach older kids some of their favorites. If your kiddo plays an instrument, they might try a duet or musical accompaniment.
Cards or Board Games
In addition to fun apps like Houseparty and Words With Friends, you could also break out classic board games like Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit, or even try playing Chess or cards. You can also find heaps of board games online; check out the website Tabletopia for over 900 games that can be played online.
Send Emails or Letters
Keeping a daily journal is one way for kids to both practice writing and keep a record of their thoughts during this extraordinary moment in history. Alternatively, they could strike up an email correspondence with their grandparents, letting them know what they’re up to on a daily basis, and asking questions in return. And although they lack the instant gratification, handwritten cards, letters and drawings about the experience are sure to delight grandparents as well.
Help with Studying/Homework
We are so jealous of our friends whose parents are former teachers that are helping out remotely with home-based learning. Even if Grandma or Grandpa didn’t teach Algebra, they may very well be keen to help talk to your primary schooler about a story they’re writing, or to discuss a book that they’re reading. If you’re really lucky maybe they can help your kiddo practice another language. Anything to help lighten your load, right mama?
Do a Zoom Fitness Class Together
During the course of the Circuit Breaker we and our kids, like so many others around the world, have become huge fans of the energetic fitness trainer Joe Wicks. If the grandparents aren’t up for his peppy kid-friendly “PE with Joe” videos, we love that he also has a series of Home Workouts for Seniors. Why not queue it up on YouTube and have the kiddos move right along with them? And if Gran and Gramps prefer Pilates, Yoga or HIIT, check out our huge roundup of online streaming fitness classes!
While the Circuit Breaker and the worldwide Coronavirus crisis present all sorts of unprecedented challenges, one of the few upsides is the opportunity to slow down and spend more time with our families, whether in person or virtually. We hope this helps you find new ways to help your kiddos connect with their grandparents, and hopefully brighten everyone’s day in the process, mamas!