Granny far away
Who better than grandparents to give your children an extra dose of love – even long distance?
Most moms and dads appreciate a heart-to-heart on the phone. Take time for the kids to speak to Gogo (granny) and Mkhulu (grandpa). This helps when you have family living overseas or far away and you don’t get to see them as often as you would like. Then when they meet them they at least know their voice and are not complete strangers.
Take home tip: Always choose hours where the phone rates are lower so that this does not become too expensive. Or... to Skype
Skype is a wonderful way of connecting your parents with your kids; you can have a conversation with them while at the same time looking at them. It is easy: just go to and register, they will give you an email with information on how to Skype.  
Take home tip:  If you have a very curious 12 – 18 months baby like my son be careful with the earphones as they like to dismantle everything.

Go click happy
Create a blog and write about your everyday experiences with your baby, so that your friends and family can read how you’re coping with being a parent. Upload images of your kids, so that their grandparents can see what you and the kids got up to.
The most important day for me was my son’s first day at day care, I thought that he was going to cry but he was so excited to see other children he was just laughing and dancing and when I left, I was so relieved. I took images of him that I later emailed to my mom and my sister, they were so proud of him.
Take home tip: Invest in a small digital camera that is easy to carry so that when you find a moment, you can just upload all the images at once.

Send letters with pictures
If you have relatives who live in the rural areas where it is a mission to have access to the internet, it’s always great to send a letter with pictures of your kids.
My father lives in such an area and I also suspect that he does not know how to use a computer.
I personally like to receive a hand written letter because you know the person took the time to sit down and think about you as well as your child. I also appreciate receiving printed picture so that I can fill my photo albums. It is particularly important for me to show my son Qhamani where his grandfather is so that he can see the difference between an urban and rural dwelling.
Take home tip: Get children to draw pictures for grandparents and post those off too– you’ll find them stuck on the fridge when you go to visit.

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