1. Make a video or a tape recording of reading your child’s favorite bedtime story. Send it to your child along with the book
  2. Take lots of pictures at every visit. When you get the photos developed, get them put on a CD for your computer and purchase a program called ProShow Gold which you can get here: http://www.photodex.com/products/proshowgold/ . It costs less than $100.00 and you can create slideshows and DVD’s to songs that your child picks out. This activity is a favorite of NANCM’s Founder.
  3. Send your child a photo documentary of what you do all day when you are not together. Be sure to include things like what you eat, how you travel, etc. Things that you might think are boring, your kids will be very interested in seeing. Have your child do the same.
  4. Play Internet games together like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune, both of which can be found at sony.com. Other games that can be found on the Internet include golf, card games, chess, checkers, Sim City, strategy games etc... Yahoo Instant Messenger has a lot of fun games so you can chat at the same time.
  5. Make a personalized place mat that you can send to your child. Glue photos of you and your child on a piece of construction paper. Laminate it and send it to your child. Another option is to also include a special note from you on the back of the place mat.
  6. This activity is simple but powerful. Pick up the phone right now and call your child just to say you were thinking about them and that you love them. Make these types of phone calls a habit.
  7. Have a favorite picture of you and your child enlarged to an 8x10. Laminate the picture on a piece of poster board and then cut it up like a jigsaw puzzle. You can either send all of the pieces to your child at one time or send a couple of pieces at a time in each of your letters.
  8. Regular phone calls will let your children know that you are thinking of them. Encourage them to call you any time they need to talk. Provide a pre-paid phone card for them to make long-distance calls. If you carry a pager, create a numeric code your children can page you with just to say hi (for instance, I use "143" for "I love you").
  9. Letters and cards are an effective way to stay in touch. Send separate letters to each child and use colored pens and stickers to brighten up your message. Include a SASE with each mailing to encourage them to write you back.


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