Written in sand and snow

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My granddaughter was on vacation in Hawaii while I was facing another Ontario winter. She wrote my name in the sand on a beach in Kauai and sent it to me via WhatsApp.

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I responded with a snow angel. It was fun to share our contrasting experiences.

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Watching a Movie…

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IMG_0267 (1)from afar, together!

Readers have shared that they enjoy renting or downloading the same movie, and watching it at the same time with family members abroad. A few have watched while on Skype and others text each other throughout the movie and discuss it after the credits roll, on the phone or over Skype. It’s fun to share times like this with one another! Try it and find out if it’s a good fit for you and your family.

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Surprise!

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My daughter filmed my granddaughter on her phone – popping out of a box and she sent it to me via WhatsApp. It was awesome!

I’ve shared it with over a dozen people who have all giggled when I showed it to them. I wanted to tell you about it and encourage you to share short films to your relatives and when you get a film like this – share the joy! It’s needed in this busy world.

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Who’s your Daddy?

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He's hoping you'll touch base today

He’s hoping you’ll touch base today

 

Sure, it’s commercial…but it’s also a great reminder to tell someone special how you appreciate them in your life. It can be a father figure, or your actual “daddy”. Melt the distance and tell someone you love them today? It’s Father’s Day! There’s never a bad day to say thank you for being there, but we tend to forget. Pick up the phone, or send a JibJab card, or let him know when you can next get together.

 

 

 

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Love Waves book

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0763662240A regular reader told us about a delightful picture book for children. It’s called Love Waves, by Rosemary Wells.

Love Waves are what we send to our loved ones until we can be together again. It can help anyone who is apart from that special person. This is the perfect book to send to someone you love – so they can learn about them too – and you can send some love waves back and forth. https://tinyurl.com/LoveWaves. Please post your favourite book  to share with other families and friends who want to connect with people who live away from them?

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Cuba Lion has a story

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A young friend gave me a stuffed animal to take on my recent trip to Cuba. I had tons of fun taking pictures of “Cuba Lion” in different settings. When I got home, I realized that there were enough photos to create a book for this special child!

I had them developed and spent a couple of hours writing a funny story about my trip, told from the first person perspective of “Cuba Lion”. It’s been a big hit! He’ll read it to anyone who’s interested. This is a big bonus, as he has been a reluctant reader. It’s been fun to watch him enjoy that story and his famous stuffed animal who made it all the way to Cuba and back, with a story to share.

Cuba Lion on a dolphin!

Cuba Lion on a dolphin!

 

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Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere

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Blowing bubbles! This is a great activity for a child who has blown bubbles before. I cover my computer keyboard with paper and blow the bubbles at the computer camera at this end, and she laughs and blows at the computer screen to try to make them move. She claps to burst them too. We both laugh at this silly fun. It’s helping to develop her imagination. What other games will stretch her mind?

 

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Round and Round the Garden Rhyme

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This can be fun to do over Skype, with a young child.  It works best if the child is sitting on the adults lap, facing the computer. Ask that person to do the actions, while you make eye contact and move your fingers.

Round and Round the Garden Rhyme

Round and round the garden, (your index finger goes around the palm of their hand)
Like a teddy bear;
One step, two steps, (walk your finger up their arm)
Tickle under there! (tickle under chin)

The repetitive nature of these games create bonding moments. There are many rhymes like this in my book, Baby Focus.

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Leftover candy

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Halloween candies are so exciting for the first few days! Then, it’s a little too much.

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Once the kids have had their fill, we’d stash them away to decorate our Gingerbread House at Christmas time. They are the perfect candies for that job. I’d buy a few Christmas type candies to supplement them and we’d be good to go! I’d buy Graham Crackers and give the kids a stiff icing to use as glue. I’d cover a board or cardboard with foil to use as their base. They enjoyed building houses and tents and landscapes with these materials. Hope you’ll find this tip useful for your family.

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