A Guide to Keeping in Touch with Your Kids and Grandkids Long Distance

“Love is the shortest distance between hearts.”

It’s becoming more and more common for younger generations to get up and move for work, school, and volunteering.

Between busy schedules and different time zones, it can be difficult to keep in touch with family that is always on the move. Fortunately, we live in a time that technology makes it easier than ever to stay in contact! Although nothing beats face to face communication, there are plenty of fun and easy apps and resources for keeping family close even when they are physically thousands of miles away.

Here is a list of wonderful (and free!) ways to communicateKeepInTouch with loved ones over long distances:


Skype is a great way to keep in touch via computer or phone. Skype has chat, audio, and video calling capabilities, so it allows you to see your loved one’s face from a distant state or even country!


A popular phone app among the younger crowd, Snapchat is another great app to use with faraway family. Snapchat lets you send short video clips along with photos, giving you a little glimpse into the everyday life of your missed one. Although this app isn’t great for longer communication, there’s something sweet about being able to see the everyday details of their life.


Pinterest can be a very sweet way of keeping in touch over large distances. Creating and sharing a board with your child/grandchild is a cute way of saving recipes for future baking nights, DIY ideas for your next craft date, or even just a way of sharing quotes and photos you think they would like. It’s always heartwarming to remember all of the fun things you can do once they are home!


One of the best ways to feel close to loved ones is to share the experience of watching a movie or reading a book at the same time. Schedule “movie nights” or agree to start the same series, that way you can follow along with each other every step of the way. Not only is this a delightful way to stay in the loop, it also gives you an excuse to watch more movies.


Starting a blog together is a unique way to keep each other up to date on all of the happenings in your lives. There is something about writing that allows you to recognize the most important things happening in your lives. And best of all, after the distance is over, you will have a documentation of all of the events that occurred in your lives while you were apart.

Keeping in touch means so much more than talking on a regular basis.

It will never be possible to always stay in constant contact with the ones you love, even if they are close by. The bittersweet thing about distance is that it allows you to find what is really meaningful in your life. You can stay close to loved ones that are far away simply by sharing the things you are enjoying in your current life such as movies, books, and music.

With all of these resources for virtual communication, distance does not mean what it meant before.

Seeing your loved ones go is always going to be a wistful experience, but when you can be a part of all of the exciting growth and change, it becomes a learning experience for everyone involved.

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