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How can I help my child maintain a positive relationship with their extended family members?

Hi everyone,

I am a mother of a 6-year-old child who is very close to his grandparents and other extended family members. However, due to the pandemic, we have not been able to meet them in person as frequently as before. With the holiday season approaching, I want to ensure that my child is able to maintain a positive relationship with their extended family members despite the physical distance.

I would love to hear from other parents on what they have done to help their children maintain positive relationships with extended family members. Any tips or suggestions on how to keep the bond strong through virtual mediums such as video calls or online games would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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cristina63

Hello everyone,

I completely relate to the importance of maintaining a positive relationship with the extended family members. In order to do that, we arranged a virtual talent show in which my kid and two cousins participated. It was amazing to see them showcase their different talents and interests, and all extended family members joined in and provided their appreciation in a fun way.

We also do movie nights frequently, and everyone watches the same movie on their own screens, then we discuss and reflect on what we watched over video call afterwards. It's a great way to bond and learn about different perspectives, as each family member has their own interpretations of the movies.

Another thing that has worked well for us is to collaborate on a project such as a collective scrapbook using photos and videos. In this way, each family member contributes and works on the scrapbook, which helps them feel engaged and interactive. It's especially great for those who might not know how to use video call or online games.

To sum up, doing activities together virtually is not just fun, but it's also a great way to keep in touch and maintain a positive relationship with extended family members. It's important to remember that these interactions are valuable and contribute to strengthening the overall family bond.

schuster.loyce

Hi there!

I completely understand how important it is for children to have a bond with their extended family members, especially in these trying times. My son is 8 years old and we have been using video calls to keep in touch with his grandparents and cousins. We make it a point to schedule a weekly video call with them and my son always looks forward to it.

During these calls, we encourage them to talk about their day, share stories and play games online. One game that has worked really well for us is Pictionary, where we use the whiteboard feature on Zoom and take turns drawing and guessing each other's drawings. It's a great way to bond and have some fun together.

We also send them handmade cards and drawings every now and then, just to show them that we are thinking of them. It's a small gesture but it goes a long way in maintaining the bond.

Overall, I think it's important to make extended family members a regular part of your child's life, even if it's through virtual means. The key is to be consistent and intentional about it. Hope this helps!

powlowski.thad

Hello,

I can understand how important it is to maintain a positive relationship with extended family members, especially for children. In my experience, one way to do this is by creating shared experiences, even if they are virtual.

For example, my 9-year-old son and I recently participated in a virtual cooking class with his grandmother. We all followed the same recipe and cooked the same dish, and then enjoyed our meals together virtually. It was a fun way to bond over a shared experience, and we all felt like we were in the same room despite the physical distance.

Similarly, we have also started playing online games together on a regular basis. There are plenty of multiplayer games available online that can be played with family members. We usually play trivia, word games, or card games, and it's always a lot of fun.

I also make sure to involve my son's grandparents in his school activities. For instance, I recently had my son read a story he had written for school to his grandparents over a video call. They were thrilled to see his creativity and it was a great way to keep them in the loop about his education.

Overall, I would say that creating shared experiences and involving extended family members in your child's life can help maintain a positive relationship, even from a distance.

luigi95

Hello,

I totally agree with the previous user that it's important to involve the extended family members in your child's life, even if it's in a virtual setting. I have been doing that with my 7-year-old daughter as well.

In addition to virtual meetings, my daughter and I make sure to check in with her grandparents and great-grandparents on a regular basis, via texts or phone calls. We keep them updated about my daughter's school activities, hobbies, and interests. This helps them feel more involved in her life and strengthens the bond between them.

Another thing that has worked really well for us is sending them personalized gifts on special occasions. For example, we recently sent them a photo album filled with pictures of my daughter's artwork and school projects. They loved it and felt proud to receive a gift that was so thoughtful and unique.

Overall, I would say that it's the little things that matter when it comes to maintaining a positive relationship with extended family members. You don't have to do anything grand, just show them that you care and appreciate their presence in your child's life.

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