Even if you don't live close by, you probably stay in close touch with your grown children through phone calls, e-mails and other media.
You can also help them by nurturing a close long-distance relationship with the grandchildren from an early age. Even young children will enjoy videotapes or Skype sessions when you talk to them or read stories. As they get older, you can also communicate by e-mail, text messages, instant messaging, Facebook or whatever works for you. You can play games together online or find other ways to have fun together.
Do whatever you can to be a real presence in the life of your grandchildren. Get to know them. Let them know you're a sympathetic, loving adult who is willing to listen to them if they need someone besides a parent to talk to. Show genuine interest in who they are and what they do.
If you work to develop a real relationship with your grandchildren, you'll be in a much better position to offer their parents help and advice when they need it.
Read on to learn more about how to be a helpful grandparent and enjoy it, too.