Thursday, September 20, 2012

Where in the World is Granny?

My parents are taking an RV trip from Florida all the way to the National Parks out west.  It is a trip that has been on my dad's bucket list for years and they are thrilled to be on this adventure.  My 3 year old, however, doesn't feel the same enthusiasm.

We are used to seeing them every Sunday at church, every Wednesday to play and at random family events.  My son has a really special connection with my mom and can't stand to be without her for more than a few days.  They have been gone a week and I have heard him say, "Where's Granny?" or "Are we going to see Granny?" so many times I can't even count.  I have tried to make it easier for him by calling her or using FaceTime but he erupts into terrible behavior as soon as he realizes she can't come over to see him.  So what is a mom to do?

My dad mentioned that they were saving things to show my oldest when they get back.  I am homeschooling him and I am always on the lookout for interesting things to enrich his learning.  A light bulb went off...We can go on the trip with them, but virtually!  So...

we printed out this map,

cut out a little RV,
and made "Where in World are Granny and Papa?"

Now we get an update from them each day.  We track their trip, learn about their stops and feel just a little bit closer to them.  He's been excited to hear about their adventures rather than sad, thank goodness.  I think it's even helping me a bit.

How have you helped your children overcome the feeling of missing someone?  Hurry with the suggestions - the map might not work for me for long :)


  1. Hi Katie! That is a very creative and educational idea. I go through the same thing with my boys everytime my Mom & Frank go on a trip. They are in New York right now and send us pictures of everything they see each day. Before bedtime we sit and look through all the pictures (they like to see at least one of them not just scenery) and talk about where they are at in each one. It has helped but they still ask daily to go see them :-) Good Luck!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! That is a wonderful idea for the next time they go out of town. I hate seeing their sad faces. Maybe this will help!


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