Technology Enhances My Family’s Life, How About Yours?

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“Oh no, where Grammy go?”  …the heartbreaking words uttered from Cameron as he watched Grammy’s airplane take off into the sky back to Scotland.

Mason, his twin, had minutes before uttered the sweet words to his Grammy, “Don’t worry Grammy, I take you home.” As he tried to join her through the security line, with his little Thomas the tank roller bag in tow.

A special bond was formed on this visit.

The twins are now 2.5 years old and able to remember people, places and things and express themselves better. They last saw my mum six months before at my brother’s wedding.

Thanks to technology – especially through video conferencing on the phones, the boys have been able to see their Grandmother’s face since then, as they chat. When she arrived at the airport this visit, Mason grabbed her hand and started walking with her straight away. Technology helped sustain the memory and relationship even though they hadn’t seen each other for months.

Technology often gets a bad rap – kids spend too much time in front of the TV, their game consoles or various modes of technology. I have to agree with this to a certain degree, but sometimes technology can have huge benefits like helping foster relationships for those families spread far and wide. With the invention of Skype, Google hangouts and Facetime on the Iphone, the world seems a little smaller and loved ones a little closer.

Of course technology will never replace the special moments loved ones share face to face, but it sure makes it a little easier when we are forced to be separated.

Has technology been a blessing or a curse for your family? While you ponder that here are some wonderful moments between the boys and their Grammy on her last visit.

 

Happy Birthday Mum! We love you xoxox

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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27 Responses to Technology Enhances My Family’s Life, How About Yours?

  1. Clare says:

    Thank you Darling. It was such an amazing holiday. Chock full of so many wonderful memories and very special moments.

  2. OUPA says:

    How amazing. Just 10 minutes ago I was talking about Skype and how I should install !!

  3. Michele says:

    My niece is going to have a baby in February-she lives down in South Carolina–my Mom lives up here in NY—-SO–she was gifted a IPad so she could facetime—so far she is loving it–me–I’m back in the dark ages LOL

  4. I agree – technology is really great for staying in touch. i love the pictures of your adorable twins with their Grammy. Priceless memories!

  5. Corinne says:

    I love tech! If kids watch too much TV, that’s not television’s fault. Technology doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Just because we enjoy skypeing with our military friends around the world, it doesn’t mean that is all we will do all day. I love my smart phone, computer, kindle, gaming systems, DVRs, etc!

  6. We have always lived so far away from our family and friends while the kids were growing up, that Technology is definitely a blessing!! We use video conferencing all the time so the kids could see the family. Especially when the husband was in the military. We had 2 years when my husband didn’t get to live with us. And that was the only way the kids were able to see and get to know their daddy.

  7. Lexie Lane says:

    I think my son would love your boys! We have the same Thomas luggage! We take it EVERYWHERE! lol! This is way too cute! I gotta show it to him when he wakes up!

    People used to live quite well without some of the things we have right now. I know technology has definitely made things a lot easier but it’s also opened a lot of risks and different things that wasn’t possible before. So I think it’s half/half.

    • Twin Mom says:

      The boys would definitely get along!! I hear you about the risks, and they should definitely not be ignored.

  8. Loreina says:

    All of my family is located in the same area so we’re fortunate to see each other often in person. I have used Skype when traveling for work, and it is such a great way to keep in touch.
    That’s awesome that your children get to maintain such a “close” relationship with their grandmother through technology! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Angelina says:

    Looks like you all had a great time! For sure everything has its time and place, and with two young twin boys, I say do whatever works! Happy summer!

  10. They are so adorable pulling those suitcases behind them. It is amazing how technology has changed so much that you can actually see the person you are talking to now. Before you were lucky just to be able to hear their voice.

    • Twin Mom says:

      You know what is funny? My kids show the regular phone things because they think you can see through those phones too :)

  11. Olusola says:

    Grandparents are far away for us as well and a visit followed by facetime calls has been a super way to keep the relationship going. I had such a great relationship with my grandmom that I would hate for my kids to miss out on something similar

  12. DelSheree says:

    We’re lucky to have most of our family close by, but I’m thankful for technology that let’s me stay in contact with my sister since we don’t get to see each other very often.

  13. I think that technology gets a bad rap too. Ipod vidoes got my kids all over the us in Cars and planes. Little boys who could not sit still for 5 mintues would sit and watch educational videos and cartoons. Remember School house ROCK? Well I got the whole set on iTunes for them. It saved us when we traveled. There is a time and place for everything.

    • Twin Mom says:

      Absolutely! We are the same with the car and the technology – helped us through many 12 hour road trips! It definitely also comes down to good choices from the parents – letting them watch the educational programs – good job!

  14. Pamela R says:

    Its been a blessing in our family for the same reasons–my brother and his 3 children are 12 hours away but thanks to Facebook and facetime my parents and my family can contacted them and see pix and video’s weekly.

  15. Oh so cute!! And yes, absolutely! The first time my husband and I used two iPhones and an iPad so that he could read a book that they could see while he was still at work and missing bedtime, I knew technology was my friend! And I don’t know if you have braved a plane trip with them yet – but that’s another win for technology!

    • Twin Mom says:

      Glad another twin mommy found me :) Yes we have traveled on planes a few times – every time it’s a new challenge depending on their stage of development. Always an adventure for sure!

  16. Sofia says:

    Well, Happy Birthday to her!! And yeah, with my parents living in TX (and us in WA) it is nice to have technology on our side, i.e., Skype

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