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5 Tips to Help Grandparents Stay Connected with their Grandkids, Despite Social Distancing

The Coronavirus is disproportionately affecting older adults. As a result, many children now find themselves separated from their grandparents due to social distancing or cautionary measures to prevent their grandparents’ possible exposure to the virus.

Psychosocial and education experts suggest ways to stay engaged during these challenging times, including helpful tips for grandparents on how to talk to their grandchildren about this separation.

Tips to Stay Connected

Be Honest. Explain that the virus affects older people differently than children. The virus is more likely to spread when people are together in the same place. By not seeing them, it helps protect you from getting the virus and getting sick.

Let them know this is only temporary. You will be able to be spend time with each other again once the spread of the virus has slowed down or ceased.

Validate their feelings. Reassure them that it is okay to miss you, and invite them to share their feelings.  Express how you are feeling, too.

Talk regularly. Express your love even if you’re not in the same place. Talk frequently by phone or by video chat through applications such as WhatsApp, Skype, Facetime, or Google Duo. Share one happy thing that you saw, ate or did today; give a compliment; or share a riddle or joke.

Organize a remote “play date.”  Schedule time to connect remotely at the same time each day so they have something to look forward to.  You can draw or do other art activities; read a  story; sing a song; play a game or try a stress buster.

Excerpted from “5 Tips to Help Grandparents Stay Connected with their Grandkids, Despite Social Distancing” from Save the Children. Read the full article online.

Source: Save the Children | 5 Tips to Help Grandparents Stay Connected with their Grandkids, Despite Social Distancing,  https://www.savethechildren.org/us/charity-stories/social-distancing-tips-grandparents-grandchildren | © 2021 Save the Children

More Ideas to Stay in Touch

  • Zoom: Zoom is a popular video chat option. Keep in mind, there is a 40-minute time limit if you have a free account.
  • Online games: Play classic card games, go on a virtual hunt, read a story. Romper has a list of suggested activities.
  • Kid-friendly collaborative apps: Check out Together, a video chat app that includes games and activities designed for children to interact with long distance grandparents and traveling parents. Free trial available, then a subscription fee applies.
  • Netflix Party: Netflix Party is a free Google Chrome extension that lets you watch movies and TV with others. Subscription to Netflix required.

Do you need someone to talk to? Care Managers can arrange a free 30-minute Care Consultation so you can explore options with an expert. We invite you to call or email our Care Managers at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org to set up an initial Parent Consultation appointment. CHC teletherapy services are available now.

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