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Five ways to keep up with extended family in a pandemic

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

We know that when families lived closer to each other, the job of raising children was easier as it was spread around various different members of our extended families. As the African proverb goes, 'It takes a village to raise a child' and, even when that village is a different kind of extended family, including caregivers, babysitters and holiday clubs, our children still feel the benefits. Now, as the world’s response to the pandemic is again shifting, it's useful to remember that our little ones won’t understand why they could hug grandma again, and now they can't. So here's some tips on keeping those extended family and friends relationships thriving for them (and us).

1. Video calls

Whether you've been zooming all summer trying to stay on top of work, or FaceTiming your besties after a wind down Gin, technology has kept us connected. It's the number one best idea for keeping a relationship with extended family thriving, since we all know that small children are

always fascinated by watching loved ones in person, or on screen. Some families have fine-tuned this method of communicating with games and story times which means no one will ever be at a loss for words.