5 ways grandparents can stay in touch

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Forget-me-not flowers are not only beautiful but they also symbolize National Grandparents Day in the United States.

Sunday, Sept. 13, is National Grandparents Day, a special day dedicated to celebrating families everywhere. These days, it’s not uncommon for family members to live in different cities, states or even across the country. If your family lives far away, the distance can make it difficult to connect, especially with grandkids. While you may be spread far and wide, thankfully there are a number of effective ways to keep in touch with the ones you love. Here are five things you can do to stay connected with your children and grandchildren, no matter where you are.

• Face to face from place to place. If you have a computer and a webcam, you can either video chat and/or video message. There are a number of free services that allow you to virtually connect with your friends and family face to face, from anywhere. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to say hello and see everyone’s smiling faces digitally, if you can’t do it in person.

• Stay in touch on the go. When it comes to connecting with loved ones near or far, you need reliable, affordable cell service. Stay connected with great, easy-to-use phones like the Alcatel Pop ICON smartphone or, thanks to TracFone’s new Bring Your Own Phone program, you can keep your compatible or unlocked smartphone and enjoy blazing fast 4G LTE speeds on low-cost plans, all without a contract.

• Get social with your media. Social media isn’t just for the younger generation. Grandparents across the country are using sites like Facebook and Instagram to connect with friends and family that live far away. The best part is your grandkids are more than likely already using these platforms, so it’s easy for them to connect with you.

• Write a letter. Although it’s great to hear your grandkids’ voices on a phone call or see them on video chat, there’s still something special and heartfelt about snail mail. Write your grandchildren a heartfelt letter and send it their way — show them that it can be fun to have a pen pal. Chances are they’ll cherish it, and may even send one back.

• Celebrate those special days. You already see or speak with your family during birthdays or holidays, so find other moments in time to keep communication going. Try calling your kids and grandkids on the anniversary of a special trip, or setting up a weekly phone call to hear more about a big event in their life and provide updates of your own. Also find unique holidays to get in touch; National Grandparents Day is a perfect one to start. What better way to celebrate your day than spending it talking with the ones you love most?

This article was contributed to The Log by More Content Now.