SKYPE (and other similar applications) are a big help. It gives us a great opportunity to talk to our grandchildren. Now the challenge is how do I make each conversation interesting and engaging? My wife hunts for interesting riddles, puzzles, etc. and our elder grandson loves them. He has started sharing some of his own puzzles. The younger one loves stories and he makes up his own.
Our only investment is time. Time to prepare, and time to spend. When they come online we must be ready to spend at least 30 to 45 minutes. They don’t like being rushed.
I come back to the question. What role can a grandparent play today? The best role is that of good listening post – we simply listen to whatever they say. Without judgment, without interruption. Over a period of time we can become their sources of information, entertainment and even become a friend.
‘A friend they love and trust’ is a great role for a grandparent. They confer the role; we have to earn it. And keep it.