Unfortunately, my daughter would not let me give her son a phone so we can stay in touch. I would pay for phone and monthly service but she wouldn’t allow it. I wanted him to have a plain phone, one that only calls and texts. I understand her concerns about kids and the internet and technology but a simple phone would not be risky. He was so upset, as was I.

My daughter is a horrible communicator. Rarely answers calls or texts. Very frustrating especially in this situation. My grandson is a great communicator and I know he would keep me up to date on what and how they are doing.

I did buy him a laptop for his recent birthday, figuring he will need one for school and I set up Skype so we can communicate that way. But, she said he won’t have the Wi-Fi password except for school work and he can only Skype when she is in the room. Since keeping in touch isn’t more than an afterthought for her, I doubt that will happen very often.

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