I am writing a book for and about Distance Grandparents....
part story telling, part scholarly research, part auto-ethnography and part ....
simply sharing precious wisdom over a cup of tea.
It will be a global ... stories, thoughts, poems and ponderings from distance grandparents
scattered all over the world.
What is the 'distance' that qualifies you to be a distance grandparent?
There is no official answer. I recognize that if you live across town from your family and driving is challenging you perhaps feel like a distance grandparent. However, you are at least in the same time zone for ease of phone calls and your family can visit you should they choose.
For the purpose of my book I am defining a distance grandparent as someone
for whom a weekend visit with family - really isn't viable.
In my part of the world, and because New Zealanders are accustomed to travelling extensively, we generally consider it feasible, subject to finances and health, to visit Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane in Australia for an extended weekend. Each city is a three hour flight away and a two hour time zone difference. Maybe for you, a 6 hour drive to another state or country is required and there are no flights and that makes a weekend visit not viable. You decide if you fit the criteria? There is no test: nothing is hard and fast.
Stories are the way we make sense of our lives. Do you have a distance grandparenting (or parenting) story you would like to share that could help another distance grandparent? You do not need to be an accomplished writer: you just need a story. Help is available to polish your story.
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