Imagine a rough morning where you wake up early to get to work. Your family is still asleep, and you aren’t able to say a proper goodbye before leaving. There’s a big important deadline, and it is taking all of your time and energy. You are finally starting to get things done when the phones rings… it is your child, super sad that they didn’t get to see you. Just then your child starts crying on the phone for you to come back home. You love them, but how do you show them with so much to worry about at work?
One idea to try is the copycat game. It is a fun and simple game that we like to play. Send your kids a picture of yourself making a silly face and ask them to copy it and send a picture back.
It may not seem like much, but it will go a long way for your kids. It helps remind your kids that you haven’t forgotten them, and that you still love them. But it doesn’t take as much time as a phone call or video chat would, and it can be a lifesaver on a busy day.
I find on any given day it doesn’t take more than 6-8 pictures. Part of the fun is the anticipation of what picture is going to come next, so you don’t need to worry about taking more than one an hour. And if too much time goes on before you send a picture, they can always nudge you back by sending their own face to copy.
Give it a try and let me know if your kids love it as much as my boy does.