This Grandmother Finds Way To Stay Connected With Her Family 800 Miles Away


As your babies grow up you’ll find that they want to branch out and be their own people. Sometimes their lives, for whatever reason, may take them far away from you. Thanks to modern technology, though, you can feel close again!

Lisa Carpenter found a way to stay in touch with her grandbabies in a marvelous way!

“They had our first grandson [Brayden] in 2008,” Lisa told Upworthy, “which was fabulous news when they announced the pregnancy but horribly hard on my heart as I simply could not comprehend how I would survive as a long-distance grandma.”

Lisa took this challenge by the horns! She quickly realized that programs like FaceTime and Skype can keep her connected wherever she or her family may be.

“FaceTime is much easier,” Lisa said. “Now all three boys can take turns with the phone with Gramma and PawDad [the name one grandson gave his grandad when he got a bit mixed up trying to say grandpa]. Sometimes we see a lot of ceilings as they walk around the house talking, or they don’t quite get their faces on the screen and it’s an arm or belly we’re viewing.”

This gave the tech-savvy grandma and her husband took control of the situation and she and her daughter quickly realized that despite being so far apart that through this method she can actually help, say while Mom is cooking dinner she keeps the kids entertained.

From Reader’s Digest:

As time goes on, Lisa has added new tech features to her repertoire. She’s used JibJab to send videos to the kids and AutoRap to remix their favorite songs. Lisa also blogs about her experience as a long-distance grandmother. While there are joys and frustrations, she couldn’t be more grateful that her daughter takes the time to keep her connected with the children.

According to Lisa, “Being able to stay in touch from afar is the only way I survive as a long-distance grandmother.”

And the perks go both ways! Here’s how you can use technology to help care for an aging parent.

Story Credits: Upworthy.com, Reader’s Digest. Photo Credits: GrandmasBriefs.com

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