The pandemic has upset everyone's pace of life. Parents who work outside the home, children who go to school or attend distance learning, but it has also upset the rhythms of life of grandparents, a precious resource that is sometimes underestimated.
In fact, the grandparents have always represented a source of teaching, precious and complementary to the scholastic one.
HOW TO STAY CLOSE SAFELY:
The Internet plays an undoubtedly important role, thanks to video calls, grandparents are able to see their grandchildren and participate in their life even from a distance. Photos and videos manage to keep them company and make them smile.
If grandparents are having a hard time getting used to this new virtual reality, children are excellent examples of adaptability!
HOW TO MAKE THE DISTANCE LESS HEAVY:
For example, grandparents can commission children with drawings, chores and recipes to do and deliver to grandparents in the future, to gratify them and make them feel committed and important. Often it is the child who thinks independently of giving small gifts to grandparents, or it happens at the suggestion of the parent.
Conversations can be filled with the telling of a story, a fairy tale. For children, it is also very nice to hear grandparents tell about their life experiences.
A general advice is to avoid passing on anxieties and worries to children. We must explain things to them as they are without exceeding, indeed, grasping the good side of the situation and taking advantage of the time to be together even virtually!
Children are strong, let's not make them fragile with our insecurities!
... bad times come but then they pass, let's remember!