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<p>My 3 year old loves family. He has four cousins ages 4.5, 5, 10 and 14 that moved away last year and he misses them. He'll talk to them on the phone once in a while and and look at pictures on facebook. I was thinking of getting skype so he could see and talk to them more often. What do you do to help your kids stay in touch with long distance cousins, or relatives in general?</p>
 

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<p>We don't do skype with long distance cousins, but we should. We now skype weekly with grandparents, and although it has degenerated into a Michael Jackson Beat It show lately, my parents continue to call us.</p>
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<p>DS's closest cousin in age is 13, whereas DS is 3. Cousin comes to visit us for ~2 weeks each summer, and we talk about the events of those visits frequently. We go to visit cousin 1-2 times a  year, but not for an extended time.</p>
 

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We love Skype! But we've only developed a habit of doing it with a few relatives. There are others that I wish would get on the ball and set up a decent webcam in a well-lit space, but it just isn't happening. My BIL is the best at keeping connections with DD. Each Christmas he sends her a book, along with a DVD of himself reading it to her. One year he got her a winter hat and bought an extra so he could have a matching one. (Which was hilarious because a toddler girl's knitted hat looks pretty goofy on a 40-something year old man. Who lives in Texas.) So this year dd decided she wanted to send him a movie of herself "reading" a book to him.
 

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We love Skype! But we've only developed a habit of doing it with a few relatives. There are others that I wish would get on the ball and set up a decent webcam in a well-lit space, but it just isn't happening. My BIL is the best at keeping connections with DD. Each Christmas he sends her a book, along with a DVD of himself reading it to her. One year he got her a winter hat and bought an extra so he could have a matching one. (Which was hilarious because a toddler girl's knitted hat looks pretty goofy on a 40-something year old man. Who lives in Texas.) So this year dd decided she wanted to send him a movie of herself "reading" a book to him.</div>
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<br><br><p>That's cute!  What a great uncle.  My son is the first grandchild on both sides, so he has no cousins yet.  We do skype with my mom, though.  We also use <a href="http://www.readeo.com" target="_blank">www.readeo.com</a>.  You both sign in, then pick out a book, and it is displayed on both peoples screens (with a small web-cam view of the other person in the corner).  My mom then reads the book to my son (either person can turn the pages).  You can read a small selection of books for free, otherwise one person has to pay $10 a month.  It's nice at this age because he's too little to really carry on conversations, so this gives us a way to kind of chat and interact that keeps him engaged.</p>
 

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<p>My kids talk on the phone to them and Skype.  We only see them a few times a year.  Also, my 9 yr old emails the older two cousins (9 and 11) a lot.  They also IM each other - which ends up being a whole lot of smilie faces.  But they have fun.  They also sometimes send letters/packages to each other.  Their cousins made pictures recently and cut them out in small pieces and mailed them in an envelope.  My kids thought that was really cool.</p>
 
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