Updated: Oct 7, 2020
We've always tried to keep some pretty tight rules around screen time in our house. There is one exception though: we can FaceTime whenever, wherever*.
(*Ok, so not the bathroom, library, or any other place we might burden the general public)
My family all lives out of state; not just across a border, but we're talking 600-700 miles away. For that reason, I only see my family once or twice a year. My daughter, likewise, has very little bonding time with her grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. Growing up close to my grandma and cousins made me who I am today, and I want no less for my kiddo. We thank our lucky stars that technology allows us to bridge those gaps.
It's also important to me that as a biracial child, my daughter has regular exposure to the diversity that is her family. Without our out-of-towners, she might not come to understand and appreciate all of the beauty in her brownness. Both my husband and I have always set out to design an experience for her that reflects the fullness of her heritage, and these familial relationships are a part of that.
Because of video chatting, my sweet girl knows Uncle Beans and Uncle Donald and Rosie and is very comfortable with Nana & Tucky. They get to be a part of the daily, mundane bits of life, and that's the stuff of dreams for this homesick mama. Nothing is the same as spending real, quality, face to face hours with people you love, but I would be lost without this option between spring break and Thanksgiving.
On the flip side, my family LOVES being able to watch this little girl grow! They don't have to have that annual "You've grown 6 inches!!!" conversation, because they see her a couple times a week. They recognize each new tooth, when she gets a new coat, and if her curls are falling differently. Her uncles screenshot her and post proudly to their own Instas. It's truly awesome.
Do any of you have FaceTime family too? Any tips or tricks you can share? Comment and let me know!