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  1. Spring is here (or almost). As you look forward to the warmer (or in some places, hotter) months, are you making any plans to travel to see LD (long distance) family? Or are they coming to visit you?
  2. What's your favorite way to stay in touch w/ far away family? Skyping? FaceTime? Emails? Snail Mail? Visits (in either direction)? Or ??
  3. Will you be traveling to see long distance family for T'giving? Or will they be traveling to see you?
  4. In honor of the coming GP Day, GP.com has posted an article on ways to stay in touch w/ LDGC (long distance grandchildren) over holidays and in general: http://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/long-distance-grandparents/ways-to-stay-connected   Most of the ideas have often been discussed in here. But 2 of them caught my attention. So I'm asking for your thoughts and, perhaps, experiences on them in 2 separate threads, this one and "Staying Connected at a Distance: Part 1": http://community.grandparents.com/index.php/topic/13117-staying-connected-at-a-distance-part-1/   Here I'm wondering about the article's suggestion of "bridging the distance," literally, by taking a trip to a destination somewhere in the middle. Posters have talked before, in here, about traveling to visit LDGC and their parents or vice versa, but not about this idea. Have you and yours ever tried it? If so, how did it pan out? If not, do you think it would work for you and your faraway family?
  5. If you're a GP, will you be traveling w/ any of your GC this summer? Will their parents be along or will it be just you and the kids?   If you're a parent, will you be sending any of your kids on a trip w/ their GPs? Or will you, perhaps,  all be going somewhere together?
  6. Does anyone have any plans to visit their faraway AC and families? Or if your kids have LDGPs, do you plan to take them to visit them?
  7. How do you feel about kids traveling with GPs (or perhaps an aunt and uncle, etc), sans parents? (Please feel free to draw on your own experience and observations.)   ETA: I'm happy to see that a number of new members have been attracted to this thread. Glad to hear your experiences and opinions! And hope you all continue to talk with us, whether in this conversation, others in this forum and/or in the other forums here.   To find other conversation threads in this group, just click on Grandparents Caring for Grandkids (above, left) and look through the list. To find the other groups, just click on Forums (also above left) and scroll through the Index you find there. (I suggest going through the whole Index, as forums of interest to you may not be in the section you would expect.)
  8. What do you feel is the best kind of trip to take with GC/relative children? Sight-seeing? Camping? Major amusement part (i.e. DisneyWorld or Sesame Place)? Family resort or visiting relatives? Cross country? Overseas? Or ??
  9. Have you read the blog entry called, "Disney World Rehab?" IDK if the blogger and her DH are regular caregivers for the GS they took to Disney World but, IMO, her post may have meaning for many of us who are. Did you ever have the opportunity to travel with any of your GC? If so, was your experience similar to the one described in the blog? If not, are you planning to do it soon? Or would you if you could?
  10. Hello everyone - I am a new member!   I am 65, employed professionally, have 2 married daughters and 2 grandchildren. I am very fortunate to live near my grandchildren. They are also very close to their aunt, my younger daughter, who now lives in another country (not third world by any means). She has traveled for years, often twice a year to see her nephews. Now I want to take one or both boys - ages 9 and 12 - to see their aunt for a week, thinking it would be a wonderful experience. I've offered to take the entire family, but because there is tension between the sisters ( my two daughters) the trip keeps getting put off from year to year.  I don't know if it will ever happen. It's making some of us very sad. Any advice? Am I being unreasonable? Are the children old enough or is older a better time?   Does anyone know how many grandparents travel with their grandchildren in the U.S. - and how many of those because the parents work or otherwise can't go?   Thank you for any suggestions and advice! Bastet