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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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Our kids love video chatting with their grandparents. Since March we’ve sang songs, told jokes, read stories, played musical instruments and shared different crafts, drawings, science activities, and toys. However, this time of year is usually when we are preparing for our summer trip to the Midwest to visit them. It is very sad to skip this yearly trip. To keep everyone’s spirits up we’ve decided to get a bit more creative and try a few new virtual activities with grandma and grandpa.
To start, our kids played Battleship
with them. It was great fun! The kids are excited to play again soon. We are excited to also try Uno, Yahtzee, Spot It and Pictionary
over video chat this summer.
Later, the kids asked to draw with grandma while video chatting. It was a nice and relaxing afternoon for us all. Our kids loved chatting with grandma while drawing and then showing off their artwork at the end. We hope to also build with Lego and blocks together and show off all of the creations.
This summer we plan to get even more adventurous and try baking waffles or brownies
at the same time as grandma and eating them while video chatting. Or watch grandma sew on her sewing machine or grandpa build a birdhouse out of wood. I’ve enjoyed seeing our kids continue to bond with my parents over the past few months and I’m glad my parents are willing to try all of these different activities with their grandkids.
What are your favorite ways to stay connected to grandparents who live far away?