Keeping in Touch with Grandma & Grandpa: The Easy Way


September 13th is National Grandparent’s Day, so we thought we would address one of the toughest difficulties facing the modern day family: spending enough meaningful time together.

An AARP study revealed that 45 percent of grandparents live more than 200 miles away from their grandchildren. This means technology is a crucial way for families to stay in touch.

The “how are you” email and phone call can turn stale quickly, so keep the lines of communication fresh and open with these creative ways to stay in touch.


The Gamer Grandparents

Minecraft, Words with Friends and Trivia Crack are all great games that cannot only be played on a smart device but are extremely easy to play for even the most novice techy. Keeping you in the loop with the grandchildren as never been easier or more fun!

Fire up your smart phone and download some fun (and most often free) games, allowing you to bond with a whole new generation.


Initiate a Group Skype Video Call

Thanks to Skype and other video chatting platforms, the world just got a little smaller in a great way!

This idea is especially great for those long-distance Grandparents looking to share the “everyday experience” they may miss out on because of distance or busy schedules. Ask your family to pick a date/ time, log on to Skype and add each family member into the group. Then it will feel like everyone is sitting together. For extra fun, grab a drink and a snack and start catching up!


The Tech-Free Tip: A letter or Package in the Mail

Sometimes, the old way will always be the best way. Getting a letter or a package in the mail is a rarity these days.

Show your family you’re thinking of them by sending a cool postcard, a news clip, an old family photo or a gift that reminds you of them. The possibilities are endless!


We hope you found these tips helpful and try them out for yourself. Family.Me is another great way to stay in touch with family and make sure you’re sharing your memories. Our entire team wishes you and your loved ones a Happy Grandparents Day!


Kids Crafts: Build your own Family Tree!

Some kids are back to school already and some are still basking in the warmth of summer! No matter where you are, take a break from the sunshine and make some memories with the kids while you still have time. Though we’re partial to documenting your legacy online with… we’re always up for a fun DIY to get the kids involved. Below are some creative ideas for family trees, and they are so easy!


The “Palm” Tree – adapted from House of Hendrix‘ “Tree of Gratitude”

House of Hendrix
Source: House of Hendrix

What You’ll Need:

  • Paint (Green & brown)
  • Alphabet letter snacks
  • Glue
  • Paper

Start by sorting and organizing all the letters to spell out all those special people in your family. Then, have the kids use their forearms for the tree trunk by lathering it with brown paint and pressing to the paper, and do the same with green paint and their palms. Lastly, add the alphabet names and some decorations with some glue, and you’re DONE!


3-D Family Tree – Adapted from Pikadilly Charm‘s Paper Bag Fall Tree

Pikadilly Charm
Source Pikadilly Charm

What You’ll Need:

  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper (Fall colors)
  • Photos of your loved ones

Your family will “stand” out with this easy paper bag sculpture. Simply cut the brown paper bag in a fringe-like manner and twist. Then, embellish the colored paper (leaves) by gluing small photos of your loved ones and attaching them the the brown paper bag as shown in the picture. It’s easy, fun and also will be a perfect decoration for the upcoming Fall months!


Family Tree in a Cup – adapted from Children’s Ministry Magazine

Source: Children's Ministry Magazine
Source: Children’s Ministry Magazine

What You’ll Need:

  • Green construction paper
  • Markers and crayons
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • A hole punch
  • Foam cups
  • Clay
  • Twigs or branches

First, firmly press clay in the bottom of the foam cup and insert the twigs so they’re securely standing upright. Next, cut out large leaves from the green construction paper, one for each member of your family. Then, draw your family members accordingly / write their names on each leaf. Hole-punch the top of each leaf and tie them to the twigs with the yarn. Embellish the “pot” as you see fit and your your family tree is complete!


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