Connecting With Kids When You Can’t Be There Physically

Connecting with Kids

Social distancing. It’s almost an oxymoron. Humans aren’t wired for social and physical distance. We’re wired for interaction and connection. 

One of the hardest aspects of the current global pandemic has been the loss of connection between children and their relatives, especially their grandparents who may be at higher risk of serious health complications from the novel coronavirus.

Maybe you’ve heard or read stories of grandparents meeting their grandchildren for the first time through glass…

If not quite so dramatic, social distancing has no doubt been hard on all of us.

With that in mind here are five easy tips for connecting with kids when you can’t be there physically.

Zoom or FaceTime
Technology can play a role in connecting us. We have done both Zoom and FaceTime with our families and it’s amazing how just seeing each other virtually has helped with the physical distance.

My sister just had a baby whom I have not got to hold yet due to the pandemic. It made my day to see her tiny, adorable face in real-time and hear her babble.

Phone Call 
I know it sounds like a no-brainer to make a phone call, but our kids don’t talk on the phone like we did when we were younger. We don’t have a land line so they never get to answer the phone. Besides my husband and I, only our 14-year old has a phone of his own and he mainly communicates with his friends via text or FaceTime.

We can pick up the phone and call our loved ones. Just about everyone’s calendar has been cleared in the evenings so there is no excuse that we’re ‘too busy.’

Send a video
With working from home, suddenly navigating the new world of e-learning, maybe you (or they) are juggling a lot. One way we’re connecting with relatives has been through sending video.  

Take a quick video on your phone and text or email it. Or we’ve had great luck with an app called Marco Polo, which really makes it fun and easy to share quick videos without having to be “on at the same time.”

If you, your spouse or kids suddenly have way too much time on their hands, challenge one another to a trick shot competition. Just be sure to delete all the ones that don’t go in or your phone or tablet storage will be gone before you know it.

Write a letter
Who doesn’t love to get mail? Now is the perfect time to be a pen pal to someone.

Our oldest son wrote his great-grandma a letter to let her know we are thinking of her. This timeless act never goes out of style. It’s a also a great way for kids to keep up on their writing skills while out of school.

Send a Care Package or Gift
Getting a care package or gift can really light up a child’s life during these scary times. 

We’ve had several customers tell us sending their grandchild, niece, nephew or another special kid in their life a personalized book has been a small but comforting way to send a piece of themselves to a physically-distant kid who might really need it in these disorienting times.

Since libraries and schools are closed right now, a new book might be a great way to lift spirits and pass the time.

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We hope you’re finding ways to connect with loved ones even if you can’t be with them physically. In these wild times, the value of human connection has been clarified at an entirely different level.

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