5 ways to keep in touch with grandparents near and far

(BPT) – There are laundry lists of reasons why grandparents are the best. They say yes when parents say no. They tell the best stories but make even better listeners. Also, often they are the first people we call with news. Both good and bad.

That is why each September, we celebrate National Grandparents Day. A day of recognition for all the amazing “nanas” and “pop-pops” out there. However, connecting with Grandma and Grandpa should not be just one day a year. Whether near or far, grandparents can keep connected to their family’s lives any day of the year with the following tips.

Make a daily photo album

When family members live far away, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s new in their lives. It is easy to forget to call one another and share life’s ups and downs. To help bridge this gap, make digital scrapbooks and schedule a call once a month to exchange your albums with each other. Voila — an entire month’s worth of memories to catch up on in one place!

Schedule a weekly dinner

Sure, it is easy to sit down to enjoy a meal together as a family if you all live nearby, but for some families, that is not possible. Luckily, technology makes it easy to share life’s experiences without being in the same place. Take turns choosing a recipe and pick a date for everyone to make it (Mom and Dad can assist the little helpers). At the end of the meal write a review of the food. What steps were easy or hard. Which part was your favorite, and send to one another to see if your experiences were similar. If Grandma and Grandpa are tech savvy, try video chatting while you create and enjoy your recipes to make it feel like you are dining together!

Play games together online

Don’t let distance put a damper on the game night. Grandkids and grandparents can play virtually! Downloading and playing is simple with today’s smartphones and affordable phone plans. Try TracFone — they offer a 30-day smartphone-only plan with talk, text, and data for just $15 a month. It can be all on the largest 4G LTE networks. Grandparents will have plenty of money left over to spoil the grandkids, and with no activation or cancellation fees, they can change their no-contract plan as often as needed, without penalties. Learn more at

Call at bedtime

Bedtime can be hectic for moms and dads with little ones. Grandparents to the rescue! Make a call part of bedtime’s nightly ritual. Telling stories with Grandma will keep one kid busy, allowing Mom and Dad to tend to the others. It is a sweet ending to the day for all!

Send postcards as you travel

There’s still something uniquely special about receiving a handwritten note from someone you love. Grandparents and grandchildren can share that experience by making a “pinky promise” to send one another postcards from their travels. Grandparents and grandchildren will look forward to checking the mailbox daily for it to arrive, and a phone call to discuss all of the trip’s adventures will soon follow.

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