How To Keep In Touch…

I feel incredibly fortunate to spend time with my son every day. I’m grateful that I’m able to take him to the park whenever I want, read books together, cuddle at night before bed. Unfortunately a lot of parents don’t get to spend nearly as much time with their kids as they’d like, due to work obligations or being in the military, or (fill-in-the-blank).

So in honor of those hard-working parents, I’ve come up with a list of ways to connect with your kids, even when you can’t be right there. (Maybe you’re a doting aunt or uncle. These tips apply to you too!) I hope these ideas give you a little pick-me-up when you’re really missing your little ones, and when they’re missing you. I hope they help you feel like you’re a little closer to home!


Skype! It’s the easiest, quickest way to be there when you can’t. Take a look at how this mom at AboutAMom stays close to her kids via cyberspace.


Be pen-pals! Send letters, old fashioned snail mail. gives you 9 creative ways to go postal.

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Write them a poem using everyday inspiration. Need help? Oprah gives you 12 tips on how to write a poem

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Make a picture collage to let them know you’re thinking of them, like this one by twopeasinabucket.


Cook their favorite meal for your own dinner, and have them or their caretaker do the same. Need an idea for a yummy dinner? Check out Maryanne’s Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup. It’s to die for!!


Read them a favorite bedtime story over the phone. Check out this cool IPad app that lets you do that in a fun, interactive way.

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Same concept, different way: buy a recordable book and record yourself reading and/or singing the story.


Take one of their favorite toys with you and take pictures of it wherever you go. Take a look at how this dad stays connected at NoTimeForFlashCards.

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Send them a care package. Have no idea what to send? Citrus Lane will personalize a care package for you!

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Print out our FREE worksheets above (one for you and one for your kiddo) and fill it out while you’re gone. It’s a great conversation starter and a fun keepsake from all your travels.


Send a postcard from each new place you visit. TheJellyJars made their postcards into a flipbook they can treasure forever. Brilliant!


Send pizza after a special event (recital, concert, sporting event etc). Did you know, you can ask most pizza chains to draw a special drawing on the box? Find a few funny ones here.

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Order a “flat daddy.” See how this family at DayInTheLifeOfAnArmyWife used one to stay close to their dad while he was deployed.  

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Make a “memory box.” Collect things that remind you of them, and open it up when you are together again. This memory box from Country Living will help get you started.

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Go outside and look at the stars/moon together. No matter where you are, they are the same moon and stars!! {photosource: naveenjain}


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