GRAND Magazine - Spring 2021 - 26

long distance grandparenting

Our words can travel endless miles when we cannot
BY KERRY BYRNE

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When your grandchildren reflect back on their relationship with you, they're going to
remember that you told them you loved them, missed them, were proud of them, enjoyed
spending time with them and that they are special to you.

hen grandchildren are asked what they
remember about grandparents, many
talk about something they remember
a grandparent saying to communicate their love
and affection.
There is a name for this in the research: affectionate communication.
The research started with the relationship
between parents and children, but more recently
it is being used to help us understand what makes
grandchildren feel close to their grandparents.
What we've learned is that when adult grandchildren are asked about their grandparents,
expressions of love and caring are the foundation
of emotional closeness to a grandparent
It's a simple finding that has me really intrigued,
because as long-distance grandparents, your
words travel endless miles, even when you can't.

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