Factors of Grandparent-Grandchild Closeness
Older grandchildren will appreciate loving text messages, as long as they are not too frequent. Facebook and other social networking sites are also good for staying in touch with tweens, teens, and young adult grandchildren. The bottom line is that loving grandparents will find a way to bridge the distance. Grandparents who stay in frequent contact with their grandchildren have closer relationships, but physical distance isn’t the only obstacle to contact. Parental divorce commonly has a drastic effect on contact between grandchildren and grandparents.4 Often contact increases between the custodial parent and his or her parents, and contact with grandchildren increases, too.