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Good ideas for keeping in contact with family abroad

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FluffyDonkey Tue 16-Nov-10 14:05:20

TTC soon and all my family live abroad (well, technically I'm the one who moved abroad grin )

I've seen a couple of really good ideas already on mumsnet about bridging the gap, for example, sticking a photo on the bedroom wall so your DC can say goodnight to grandparents/aunts and uncles etc.

Also saw recently about birthday parties using Skype.

Any other ideas? I'm all excited about having children and I would like my family to be as involved as possible, without traveling all the time.

Thanks.

BikeRunSki Tue 16-Nov-10 14:13:36

Me, DH and DS- Yorkshire
Mum and PiL: More that 200 miles away in UK
Siblings: Oz, Europe, More than 200 miles away in UK.

We use:

Skype
Facebook (for grownups really)
Photos
Talking photo album
Budget airlines

I use all my leave and money visiting family!

FluffyDonkey Tue 16-Nov-10 14:22:07

That talking photo album looks great!

Portofino Tue 16-Nov-10 21:41:55

Skype and Facebook. Sorted. grin

Missymoomum Wed 17-Nov-10 06:37:41

We use Skype and Facebook too. But definately Skype for the children. I have a 3 yr old and a 2 yr old and sunday night is our designated Skype time to Grandparents and this sunday night we had the laptop in my DS's bedroom as they both had their story and milk and my mum was able to see him get tucked in to bed and say night night - really special smile

savoycabbage Wed 17-Nov-10 07:12:44

We have just started using Facetime on iphones. This means that we can video-call each other in a wi fi area so at schools and parties and things.

I always try and talk to my children about my family in normal conversations so I will say 'you are four like Edward' rather than 'you are four like Jarred' or some Australian friend they have now. So that they feel that connection and they know that their aunt has a cat and their Grandma likes coffee cake. It's all small things but I really think it helps them feel as if they know those people.

Weta Wed 17-Nov-10 08:19:30

Like savoycabbage I try to mention my family as much as possible - so with my 3yo who is just learning the alphabet my family in NZ get priority for the letters eg N is for Nanna, C is for Carter (cousin) etc.

I also put quite a lot of energy into making birthday cards etc with the kids for people at home so that they also feel the kids are interested in them. And then the kids get letters etc which they love.

We've found Skype quite difficult as my mum found it hard to understand DS1 (partly speech impediment, partly his English had a funny rhythm from living in a foreign country) and he got frustrated and didn't want to do it, plus he always wants to get up and walk around! But might try again sometime.

charmander Sun 21-Nov-10 01:28:05

Weta have you tried playing the games (go to tools, then extras) on Skype, your DS1 might enjoy that with his GPs. Gives my children something to focus on and they are more likely to chat.

Weta Sun 21-Nov-10 13:54:01

Didn't know there were games, will have a look, thanks!

charmander Sun 21-Nov-10 17:04:09

Hope it works for you Weta - if you stalked me on MN you would be v bored mostly but would notice that about 50% of my posts are telling people about games on Skype!

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