Keeping Kids in Touch with Faraway Relatives

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If your extended family is strewn from coast to coast - or even in different countries -- then it might be hard to keep them in the loop about what's going on in you and your kids' lives. We all get busy and lose touch with family members once in awhile, but there are ways to get your kids to communicate with and get to know relatives who live far away and can't visit often. If you have a little time on your hands and are Internet-savvy, then a family blog, where multiple members can post, may be a great way to communicate and share pictures and videos. Webcams and programs like Skype can enable you and your family to have face-to-face conversations in real time with whomever you like. Of course, photo sharing sites like and Snapfish are great ways not only to share images, but also to create gifts, like mugs, mousepads and photo albums.