Whether your children live miles away or you are often
separated with business travels or military deployments,
the following ideas will help you keep in touch with your
kids. And come up with some of your own ideas -- think of
thoughtful actions you can take to let your kids know you
are thinking of them, to let them know how you are doing
or what it is like where you live, and ways to get to know
more about each other.
interesting articles from your newspaper to let them
know what is going on in your area.
Postcards are a
great, inexpensive way to say, "I'm thinking of you."
If your child is
beginning a new sport, send them a "How to" book or
write your own tips on index cards to send them.
Come up with your
own game that you can play whenever you talk on the
phone -- it can be a quick quiz on capitals, trivia or a
Make a point to
visit with your children's teachers the next time you
are in town, or set up a phone conference or correspond
via e-mail. Even if your children are great students,
it's important to stay involved.
"together." Pick a big sports game or favorite show and
watch it at the same time (or a video tape if different
time zones cause a problem). You can call each other a
few times during the game and afterward to share what
Tell your kids a
bedtime story. You could read to them by phone or even
send them a taped video or audio cassette of yourself
Send them their own
correspondence kit. Even if you communicate via e-mail
or phone, try to write each other letters as well. Maybe
order customized address labels for your kids or buy
them stationery with a theme they will enjoy.
ideas were taken from the book, 101 Ways to Be a
Long-Distance Super Dad...or Mom, by George Newman.
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