Elect Me Your Grandparent: Creative Ideas to Strengthen Family Bonds
I love creativity. I think it is fun turning every day activities or roles on their sides and thinking about them differently, at least on occasion. Now, one job many people my age would not consider a “task” or “job” would be grand parenting.
Two of my grandchildren live “away” as they say in Maine. The oldest of our grandchildren, Austin, lives just 27 miles away versus eleven hundred miles away in Chicago. While it’s obviously more difficult seeing the Chicago clan, somehow even driving 45 minutes in traffic has resulted in not enough face time. (Speaking of FaceTime! How did grandparents of yesteryear handle not being able to see those cherubic cheeks multiple times a week? FaceTime is the greatest grandparent invention ever created!)
So, I proposed to my husband that we conduct a campaign. After all, campaigns are our jam (business). We help candidates develop communications strategies to win votes. Why can’t we employ some of those same skills to communicate with people we really love? So…every couple of weeks, we are going to send mail to Austin and Maya. Who doesn’t love receiving interesting, engaging mail? I know these little ones will delight in receiving packages and notes in their mailboxes. Aside from little gift treats, we are going to collect fun postcards- featuring animals speaking fun facts, travel postcards, children’s illustrator postcards, and even Florida attraction postcards. I’m in pursuit of fun stamps- Thomas the Train, The Cat In the Hat, or characters from Frozen.
Yes, I admit it, just like trying to win the hearts and minds of voters, I am on a mission to win the hearts and minds of my little ones. Don’t worry I’m not letting the Russians or anyone else get in the way of this election.
Check out this blog post with more tips on staying connected with your Grandkids, near or far.
Liz Kitchens is a writer and blogger. Her blog, Be Brave. Lose the Beige, reaches out to Lady Boomers, women of the Baby Boomer generation. Liz also blogs for Growing Bolder and Vibrant Nation, two sites devoted to aging issues. Liz conducts workshops on the health benefits of creativity and is an ambassador for the Creative Caregiving Initiative sponsored by the NCCA, The National Center for Creative Aging. Liz founded the Jeremiah Project, an after school and summer creative arts program designed to foster self esteem and encourage creative thinking among at risk middle school aged students.