GRAND Magazine - Spring 2021 - 27

long distance grandparenting
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.
Of course, you are likely already naturally communicating affectionately during interactions with your

grandchildren. But sometimes when real moments are
so short with a child, we don't always think to express
our affection out loud. This is true for parents and
grandparents.
It's one thing to say I love you and miss you when
you are saying good-bye, but there are countless
opportunities to wrap more of your moments with

affectionate communication. For instance, the next
time you are playing barbies, trucks, or board games
with your grandchild - whether in person or on a
video chat - try taking a moment to be really intentional in communicating your affection.
Here are a few things to say based on the research
findings about affectionate communication and what
makes grandchildren feel closer to a grandparent.
I enjoy spending time with you.
You are a really special person in my life.
I love being your grandparent.
I am really proud of you.
Being with you is really fun.
I really admire you.
I learn new things from you.
You did that so well.
I'm grateful for you.
Your ideas are really interesting.
You have an awesome imagination.
My world is better with you in it.
I love the way you tell stories
I'm a big believer in sticky notes. Choose a few of
these that feel authentic to you and keep them on
sticky notes somewhere accessible. It will make it
easier to remember to slip them randomly into a conversation or moment you share with your grandchild.
Happy Connecting!

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Kerry Byrne, Ph.D. is a care and connections
research scientist focused on helping
grandparents nurture strong bonds with
their grandchildren from a distance. For
more ideas about how to stay connected to
your grandchildren, you can sign-up for her
weekly ideas and inspirations on her website:
www.thelongdistancegrandparent.com
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