5 Ways Long-Distance Grandparents Can Make the Most of the Holidays

5. Stay connected after the holidays.

I always have good intentions about keeping in touch with my grandkids throughout the year, but those dreaded schedules and unexpected circumstances seem to take over around February or March. As a result, I fall right back into the routine of letting too much time pass between visits. When we want connection above all else, we need to make a commitment to stay connected and stick to it.

That ‘stick-to-it’ part can be hard, can’t it? I know firsthand the heartache resulting from making a New Year’s resolution to connect more, only to fizzle out after a few short months. I’d like to say I’m efficient about calling and texting throughout the year, but I’ve fallen short too many times.

When I don’t prioritize connection with my grandkids, the distance between us seems to grow. But making a point to stay in contact with them each month of the year will keep our relationship close, leading to more meaningful times together as they get older.

What does this holiday season look like for you and your grandchildren? Do you desire more meaningful time together, but know the struggle of living far away? This year, let’s resolve to strengthen our relationships with our grands with these ideas. Let’s communicate, connect, and enjoy every moment.

With love, effort, and commitment, our relationships with our grandkids will grow deeper with each passing year. We can have the togetherness we hope for, even living as long-distance grandparents. And let’s not forget to capture a few photos this year to post for all our friends to see!

Kristine Brown is a communicator at heart, sharing insight with her readers in a relatable way. Her life experiences serve as a backdrop for her lessons that highlight God’s powerful Word and redemptive grace. She is the author of the book, Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan, and founder of the non-profit organization, More Than Yourself, Inc. Read Kristine’s weekly devotions at or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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