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Date: 7 October 2015. Keeping in Touch with Grandchildren.
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I were at odds. Finally I believe I've fixed it. Uploading one file at a time
a test of my patience. Were it not for
I suspect all grandparents worry
that our Grands will forget us while we are off cruising. As for my
folks, they enjoyed showing my duo life on the waters. Still, I'm
certain there was some concern the kidlets would forget their
Grandma and Grandpa on-the-boat. That didn't happen, and here's how
my parents made sure of that.
Number One: As frequently as possible the Kidlets
came for visits to the boat.
That was of course wonderful for
my duo. Son and Kidlet enjoyed cruising, anchoring out and swimming
from the boat. And too, it gave them things to talk to their friends
about. None of their friends went on boat trips with grandparents
who lived aboard a yacht.
And no, ours wasn't a Yacht though
she was quite nice.
Cruising on a yacht
was a Big Deal to the under ten set.
As teenagers, they liked it even better!
Don't think the kids had their own
*stateroom. Instead, they would fall asleep in the forward cabin.
Later, when my folks were ready for their bunks, the kids would move
out to the main salon. This couch was actually a hide-a-bed and
*Stateroom: in a house would be
called a bedroom.
This couch pulls out and is a
Number Two: Magazines.
Grandma and Grandpa were smart.
Instead of buying toys for my children, they paid for magazine
subscriptions. A magazine arrives fresh and new at least four to six
times per year. What could be better? And every kidlet I know loves
to receive mail.
I've done the same with my Grand.
She thinks mail is just the best thing in the world. I regularly
send postcards, plus DVDs and books to her. The added bonus is that
Every piece of junk mail in the box is "from Grandma on the Big
Boat" so I get credit for all the ads that arrive too.
Yes, Princess Sarah does think
Seaweed is big.
Sarah thinks I'm
wonderful and I can't wait to show her my world afloat.
Son loved clam dip on saltines. Nothing fancy... just
life aboard a 40'er.
Soon enough I'll take my Grand swimming off the
boat. There will be none of that beach sand in the bathing suits for
My two loved swimming with
dolphin, fishing for dinner, collecting seashells from the bottom
and lots of card playing in the evenings. What my kids weren't so
crazy about was travel. It was "boring" however once arrived at a
destination they were beyond pleased.
And even underway was okay. Son
daydreamed of the day he'd sail off over the horizon. That was fed
with many books about adventures at sea.
Kidlet played with her dolly and
Both were encouraged to write in
the Log Book. They would write "spotted pelican at 280 degrees" or
"dolphins playing in wake at 1435 off XYZ Island"
In any event, if yours are far from you and the
day-to-day interactions are curtailed, try ordering magazines.
The interests of my two
were varied. They might try a magazine for a year and find it
not to their liking.
Mother would check as the
renewals came in. If it was one they enjoyed reading, she'd pay
for another year. Magazines are a wonderful way to remind your
Grands that you love them. They will know their grandma and
grandpa on the boat are thinking about them.
Mail is a great way to stay in touch and offers yours
an opportunity to read for pleasure. Subscribe! And, as long as
you're thinking about it, this
link will take you right to Amazon where I have found some great
deals on magazines. That's a hint folks!
What magazines to you subscribe to?
Are those in digital format or hard copy regular magazines?
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