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“Mom?” My six-year-old son put his head on my shoulder. “Yeah, bud?” I ask, rustling his hair. “I miss Grandma. When do we get to see her?” My heart hurts at his words. I grew up with both sets of grandparents living nearby, and I never experienced the dread of not seeing them for up to six months at a time.
My grandparents were no more than 30 minutes away when I was growing up. For many years, their houses were within walking distance from mine, and for a time, we actually lived with one set. I adored my grandparents, and I never got tired of spending time with them. Even as a teen, I enjoyed their company, and I loved hanging out with my aunts, uncles, and cousins, too.
My children live 3000 miles from their grandparents. At school programs and sporting events, they don’t have a row of family members cheering them on. Our emergency contacts are all friends, no relatives. My kids’ cousins aren’t their best friends, because their cousins are so far away. I love where we live, but the daunting span of an entire country keeping us from our family makes me terribly sad. I hate that my kids aren’t experiencing their loved ones the way that my husband and I did.
Then we began using Skype. We were able to chat with family members across the country, and now, five years later, my kids know their family members because they see them frequently. “Roovy!” my girl would exclaim, holding up a book with Ruby and her little brother Max on the cover. That was much easier to understand with the matching video. Now that she’s four, she chats with her grandma a couple times a week while eating a bowl of tomato soup, her favorite after preschool lunch.
My son can show off his Lego creations to his uncles, and Grandma can see the kids describe their art projects. The kids can have a dance party with a friend who lives in Washington state, and they can have a virtual tea party wearing dress-up clothes. We get to see new family members within days of their birth, even if we don’t get to hold them until months later.
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