Here’s an idea I worked with Yahoo! Mail to develop. Remember those pretty dresses my kids were painting for Betty? Well, when my mom visited in March she helped them expand the project. My mom would draw dress outlines and the kids would fill them in with watercolors and crayons. They loved it! So, we thought it would be fun to continue the project after my mom returned home.

Every so often, Mom draws a new batch of dresses, scans them and emails them to Olive and Maude. Just 2 or 3 at a time. The girls print them out and paint them when they are in the mood. They are working on a collection of a hundred dresses — like the book.

It’s such a neat way for my kids and my mom to stay connected, even though they live so far away. This fall, my mom is moving to China to teach English and ideally, the dress project can continue — in fact, I’m hoping my mom will email drawings of traditional Chinese dresses!

Do your kids share any special projects like this with their relatives? I’d love to hear how you encourage those relationships when you don’t live nearby.

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