Attempting to keep in regular contact with the relatives can be challenging during the normal busy way of life but Covid-19 restrictions have made it even trickier.
Kids, grandparents, aunties, uncles…everyone could benefit from knowing a family member thought of them that day. How can we stay in touch and put a smile on the face of someone we love?
Video calls…often not a favourite BUT there are a number of ways to improve them, honestly!
Previously I required ample preparation time to gather all my strength to finally make that video call. I have primary school aged kids, one with additional needs and neither able to sit still for more than 3 minutes. Put into the mix a huge image of themselves and an electronic gadget responsive to the slightest touch, within seconds I can guarantee total mayhem and zero interaction (except for me using every persuasive incentive to stay on the call for just 1 more minute) - and I’m a qualified primary school teacher!
Fortunately I have now found, mainly through desperation, various strategies that have helped save my sanity when it comes to making video calls with the kids:
Our kids and relatives LOVE… www.GamesWithGran.com
It’s a website combining video calls with online simple games like 4 in a row and Tic-Tac-Toe. It offers structure, focus and interaction through the challenge of the games plus the unique feature of being able to blur/block the potentially distracting image of yourself without interrupting the other caller’s view.
We occasionally go on Facebook Messenger because the kids love using all the filters and playing the crazy games but they then forget to actually talk. They become so distracted with all the options and visual jazz that they may as well be on the video call by themselves.
Remote bonding could be your happy alternative to patiently waiting till the next time you get to enjoy each other’s company in person. Enjoy putting a smile on the face of someone you love!