Challenges of connecting with a young faraway grandchild.

“Hi, Lauren. It’s Grandpa! How are you, sweet baby? Are you having a good day? Grandpa loves you sooooo much!”  After that little bit of talking – eeek! – you might be totally out of ideas for what to say on a phone call with … Read more

Skyping or FaceTiming with a toddler or preschooler: some basic tips.

During a video chat, our three-year-old granddaughter Fiona will sometimes lean close to her iPad screen and say, “I wish I could hug you.” That’s a sentiment that breaks my heart — and makes me happy at the same time. Her words drive home the … Read more

Honor the house rules when visiting out-of-town grandchildren.

When babysitting our 18-month old granddaughter (at that time, our only grandchild), she wanted to put on her rain boots in the house. We helped her get them on and as we watched her gleefully dancing around, I said to my husband, “She looks waaay … Read more

Diapers, wipes, potty chair. Getting ready for out-of-town grandkids.

Our son and his wife need to pack a million items when they’re flying the 2,000 miles to bring their family to our home. Since diapers take up a lot of suitcase space, we happily provide the diapers and wipes at our home needed for … Read more