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How to Bridge the Digital Gap and Connect with Grandkids on Social Media

Posted by Greenwald and Gerke on September 7, 2017
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Now that you have more time in retirement, are you getting the connection that you desire with your children and grandchildren? Relationships are a high priority for people, but many grandparents find that it is difficult to connect with their grandchildren.

Even if you don’t get a lot of face-to-face time, there are online options that allow you to stay updated about the things that are happening in your family. A computer and a smartphone are all that you need to maintain communication with your grandchildren. We live in a technology focused world, and these tools can help you keep up with the changes.

Guide to Social Media

The age of your grandchildren will determine the social media platform that you should use to connect with them. Here are a few options that you might consider:

  • Video Calls: It doesn’t matter where the grandchildren live, you can share a video call to see their faces and talk in real time. Popular video call tools include FaceTime, Skype, and Google Duo. For young children, video calls can be a great way for them to recognize you during the conversation. They might need the assistance of their parents to connect the call.
  • Facebook or Instagram: For many years, Facebook was the place for people to go when they wanted to connect with friends and family. But, many teenagers and young adults have decreased their time on Facebook and shifted to Instagram instead. Instagram allows you to see pictures and videos that they post in the form of shared posts or “stories.” The stories are viewable for 24 hours, and the main posts are up indefinitely.
  • Texting: Sending a text message is often more effective than a phone call. In fact, many people in the younger generations don’t pick up phone calls anymore. They prefer to text instead! You can send a short message to say hi and ask about their day.

The key to digital connection is to spend time on these platforms on a regular basis. Small touch points can offer a way for you to maintain communication over time, helping to build your overall relationship with your grandchildren. You might consider asking your grandchildren to coach you on the use of the apps, creating a conversation piece to share.

Here at Greenwald & Gerke Realtors, we are here to help you create the retirement lifestyle that you desire. Talk to our team to learn more about retirement real estate services that we offer: (844) 782-9674

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