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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Recently our son has become more and more interested in interacting with friends and family who are far away.
One of his best friends moved away earlier this year and the boys have kept in contact by sending each other notes, photos and drawings. It was especially fun to see the boys hang out together in person after a couple of months apart.
Our son also enjoys talking with his relatives on Skype, FaceTime, and the phone. Sometimes they play silly games together. Sometimes he enjoys hearing or speaking a different language. And sometimes he just wants to show them his toys or a new skill.
I'm excited to see how our son's long distance conversations change as he grows up. It's been fun to share the silliness of preschoolhood with relatives we don't see very frequently. And it's been comforting to have the ability to stay in contact with a friend who moved away. Photos, videos and drawings are all wonderful, but there is something extra special about seeing our son listen to grandpa read a book, laugh while skyping with grandma or ask his dad to tell him a story while he is away on business.
How do your kids interact with friends and family far away?