Keeping Kids in Touch with Faraway Relatives

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Kids might enjoy having their own e-mail address for receiving e-mails from faraway family members - just be sure to monitor it for junk and inappropriate e-mails. If your kids are too young or your relatives are technophobes, then there are creative ways to correspond via the mailbox. Try having your child write a weekly letter to grandparents or close family members, detailing highlights of her week. You may want to include special school projects or snapshots taken along the way. Doing this will have the added benefit of facilitating phone conversation for kids who might get tongue-tied while talking to grandparents or other family members. And when you do make family phone calls, have the kids make lists of things that have been going on in their lives. The kids can keep them on hand as topics of discussion so that everyone enjoys the conversation and stays in the loop.