How Grandparents and Grandchildren Stay in Touch

Young girl talks about what she loves about her grandparent.

Grandparents Day Should Be Every Day

Although National Grandparents Day is officially the first Sunday after Labor Day, we at GreatCall hope that grandparents and grandchildren can get in touch every day! We understand the importance of children connecting with their grandparents and making the most of the wealth of advice and knowledge that older generations offer. Today, the 7,000,000 grandparents in the U.S., who are an average age of 48 years old, enjoy several activities including: exercising, using social networking sites, and talking to their grandchildren on a cell phone.

What Grandkids Love About Their Grandparents

We recently asked a group of amazing grandkids to tell us what they love about their grandparents, how they spend their time together, and most importantly, how they stay in touch. It’s no surprise that for the younger generations, texting and video chatting is the preferred method to reach out. Luckily, our easy-to-use Jitterbug cell phones have the right features to help grandparents and grandchildren stay connected with the younger generation. Take a moment to watch our interviewed grandkids share their favorite things about their beloved grandparents, whether they are called “Grammy,” “Nana,” or “G-Daddy!”
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74 thoughts on “How Grandparents and Grandchildren Stay in Touch

  1. Anonymous
    November 15, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Sooo! Cute!!

  2. Anonymous
    November 30, 2018 at 2:52 am

    I think the word grandma should be changed for the same reason that this generation is younger now and the word grand ma sounds very old.

    1. K
      November 4, 2019 at 3:09 am

      I don’t care what my grand children call me. I don’t feel old. I feel privileged

      1. Emma Collins
        November 7, 2019 at 8:18 am

        To live, and have a long life is definitely a privilege.

    2. Jannette Lassiter , Grandmama
      November 13, 2019 at 10:47 pm

      My grandchildren call me grandmama . I don’t care for grandma or granny , they remind me of the covered wagon days or ” Little House on the Prairie ” . I was very proud of being their grandmother and wanted people to know I was . Being called grandmother seemed too formal . Grandmama sounds sweet . When our 2nd grandchild started talking she would try to say Grandpa but it came out sounding like Grumpy and since he is a little bit grumpy sometimes, and we thought it was cute, my husband became ” Grumpy ” forevermore . It has stayed with him through 3 more granddaughters and 1 great grandson .

    3. Margaret mcCleskey
      December 5, 2019 at 9:21 am

      My grandchildren call me “Gran”.

  3. Gail Guthinger
    November 30, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I have grandchildren that don’t care about me because their mother doesn’t like me. I never hear from them and it breaks my heart because I love them.Especially around the holidays.

    1. Dionne C
      October 30, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that be blessed

    2. Randy Verburg
      November 10, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      Ii feel the same way I took care of my Grand Daughter from six mouths old to four and a half. Daughter got out of Navy was home two maybe three days U-Haul truck pulled in she move most of my Grand Daughter stuff. About year and half of begging then gave me the ok to come down for a visit. I ended up in the ICU for nine days and then Mary Free Bed Rebuitaion for 5-1/2 weeks day she came to see me I was discharge. She started to see her mother again Stop seeing her when she moved in with me at Eight Years Old. Never wanted to see her mother. I tried to push her to see her I bought her a new car at 16 show your mother my mother told her so many times to go see your mother & her mother your grandma on that side before you leave for the US NAVY no Her Grandma came down with cancer so she was with her & her mother for that year, when she passed ask me to come to her funeral. Said her mother & Grandma said it Was Ok with them. The 9 days in the ICU I was given twice a day Steroids 5~1/2 Weeks in Mary FreeBed still after I left had to take a Driving Corse all over again at the age of Male 58-1/2 years old .. my Grand daughter I took care of way 11 years old Last Time I seen her/ her sister was 1 years old the Oldest That was 11 yrs old is now 23-3/4 yes old
      My mother her Great seen her at 20yrs old mixup thought she was dining, October 24, 2019 my Mother turned 92 Not even a card from any Grand Daughter Or Great Grand Daughter,, mother is doing fine Bet she could out run the three of them still !! My Health with MS going down hill more each year mom getting older, her Aunt only one on my side has Cancer removed 1/2 lung now the other lung . I lost my wife her 2nd step mom I did gotten married year after her move out, No card passed away day after my daughters birthday her mother called said you missed your daughter birthday on April 19th said my wife was in hospital and passed on the 20th of April Theres is a Gift Shop at Hospital they have Cards. So then my daughter Turned 40 I sent 40 cards her mother call said she was there taking care of her Grand Babies 17 & 8 yrs old she toss all them cards in her trunk Was so Childish of me to Mail So Many Cards !!!
      So a Grand Pa a Dad A Great Grand Ma Misses there Daughter Grand Daughters & Most of All Great Grand Daughters Who know maybe this Day and Age maybe My Mom is a Great Great Grand Ma And myself Randy a Great GRAND PA But sorry even if I’m not by Births I still feel some one great oof all I did.. 😥Randy🙏🏼♿️🇺🇸 Wingnut i miss you so much !!

    3. Jeannie Kaye
      November 12, 2019 at 1:11 am

      Who wrote that about grandchildren? And mother who doesn’t like u? Was it me? It’s exactly the same for
      Me. I’m not allowed to see or speak to them. My son is an idiot.

    4. Terry mitchell
      November 12, 2019 at 2:45 am

      I have the same problem I have been blamed for things I didn’t even know about because they needed someone to blame. It hurts

    5. Anonymous
      November 19, 2019 at 3:00 am

      This is so sad and you should try again to make good out of bad. It takes a bigger person to keep trying, Those children need to know you and the love you can give,

    6. Anonymous
      November 26, 2019 at 1:08 am

      That’s so sad🙏🏻

  4. Ellen
    December 1, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    My Grandkids call me Grandma Ellen.

  5. Anonymous
    December 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Two of My grand children call me grama and one calls me gammy and my youngest decided he was going to call me yah yah 🙂 what ever they call me is fine as long as they call 🙂
    A grand parents love for their grand children is like no other 💖

  6. Anonymous
    December 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    GRANDMA is the sweetest thing I have ever been called!

  7. Anonymous
    December 11, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    My granddaughter who is an adult now calls her other gma “the card grandmother” because her only contact is a card once or twice a year. Many times during her life she really could have welcomed some help, which her mom and I have provided, but her birth father and his mother never have. He never paid a cent in spite of “child support enforcement”. Now her card grandmother has a snit fit because granddaughter has chosen not to continue contact. Ridiculous. It is supposed to be about the child, not the adult.

  8. Chris Tierney
    December 13, 2018 at 4:02 am

    My oldest grandson insisted on calling me mommy. I told him that was his mommy’s name when he was 2. He said I was his mommy too. The next day he told me he had a name for me. Drum roll please! Grammy Mommy, so that is my name.

    Funny story; even at a young age to 6 now, that grandson calls me mommy when his mom is not around, Grammy Mommy when she is and he is happy with her and Mommy when she is around and he is mad at her for something. He is one very astute little guy!

  9. Kim
    December 15, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I have a 7 yr old grandson whom I adore and am able to spend a great amount of time with each week. He calls me beautiful grandma and I call him beautiful grandson. I am able to speak into his life by teaching him scripture and praying over him. I know as an important adult in his life that we have a certain amount of time to help him grow into the man, husband and father he was created to be and am blessed to be a part of this.

    1. Anonymous
      November 3, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Kim, my grandchildren call me BG for “beautiful grandmother”, but I named myself🥴

    2. Jackie B
      November 24, 2019 at 3:50 am

      I thank God for my granddaughter she,is my only grandchild I feel so bless to be73 years old and my granddaughter is only 5years old I pray the God grant me more years in this life so she would get a chance to have a memory of me I spend as much time as I can with her I pray o so she will know theLord.🙏

    3. Anonymous
      November 24, 2019 at 4:13 am

      So blessed to have a granddaughter my only grandchild iam 73 years old and fell truely blessed to be here to share some time with her so she will have some memories of me praying God grant me a little more time

    4. Jackie B
      November 24, 2019 at 11:53 am

      So blessed to have a granddaughter my only grandchild iam 73 years old and fell truely blessed to be here to share some time with her so she will have some memories of me praying God grant me a little more time

  10. Carolyn stjohn
    December 17, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I have grand children ldren who love me now, but their mother is working very hard at changing that. She is jealous: of any attention they give to anyone. She is also trying very hard to alienate my son from his family. She is a Welfare Queen. 5 kids ages 15 to newborn, never mArried!

  11. Anonymous
    December 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    My granddaughter calls me abui, my oldest grandson calls me Manama, the youngest grandson calls me mama to me those names sound like heaven.

  12. Rose
    December 18, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    My Grandson is in second grade and the teacher asked the children what they liked regarding a Christmas tradition and he said, “I love when my grandma Rose visits as we live miles apart. I am so proud of my Grandsons goes to show material gifts are not his priority.

  13. Anonymous
    December 20, 2018 at 4:57 am

    I’m known as Gunga to my grandchildren. Blessed with four and then two more that came with their mom. The little ones keep me young and the older ones keep me loving life.

  14. Celestine McClellan
    December 22, 2018 at 12:55 am

    I love my grandkid so much. I love watching my grandson grow from a paw patrol to a warrior’s fan. My granddaughter is so adorable. I love when she ask me about her mother(my only child). She says grandma, when my mom was little…I also love when we pamper ourselve together at the nail salon. She loves it and so do I.

  15. Kgriffin
    December 23, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    I am Nana to three and Grandmom Karen to the other three. Although I prefer Nana. But that was reserved for the Boys other Grandmother.

  16. Denise
    December 24, 2018 at 2:22 am

    I work at am elementary school where my grandsons go. 1st grade 3rd grade 5th grade. They are wonderful boys and I get a hug from each one every day at work!! I am so blessed!

  17. Lindia hammock
    December 24, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I have a 6 year old grandson Ethan he calls me nana and tells me I am beautiful love him so much💕💕

  18. Anonymous
    December 26, 2018 at 6:41 am

    My grandson calls me grandma as so his half brother and sister. I love all of them. I love being a grandma.

  19. Anonymous
    December 26, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    it seems we have moved up a grade to great grands.Take what you get when you can……grand parents come first..then it’s a special occasion ……..we have let it go…cuts back on gift giving,etc. all depends on how well we know them.Not as much fun!, we expected different…but ….

  20. Nancy Legue
    December 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I have 3 grandchildren and 4 stepgrandchildren. My grandchildren call me Grammie. Two of my step grandsons call me Grandma Nice Lady. Of the remaining 2, one calls me Nance and the other one calls me Uncle Nance!

  21. Urs
    December 27, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    I’m Gramum☺️

  22. Marcie Luna
    December 28, 2018 at 4:50 am

    4 grandkids. 1 boy and 3 girls. Ages 7 to 2. They call me MiMi and an occasional NerNer from my grandson

  23. Anonymous
    December 28, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    I’m a Great, great Grandmom. So I’m called Grandmom, Gmom and Nana Jean and I love it all.

  24. Anonymous
    December 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I have 3 grands 2 girls and 1 boy the oldest is 12 then one 7 and my grandson almost 6. They call me Marmie. I spend as much time as I can with them and keep them supplied with homemade chocolate chip cookie dough to bake whenever so they can enjoy “Marmies ” cookies.

  25. Elyse
    December 29, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    My 4 grandsons call me Nannie. I chose that name when the oldest was born. It’s what I called my grandmother when she was alive. They are now 2, 3, 4 and 5. Two daughters who had kids in alternate years. I love how close in age they are and hope they’ll always be close with their cousins.
    I love spending time with them and having them spend the night.

  26. Linda Patterson
    December 29, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    My grandchildren call me Grammy!

  27. Sue Cuttriss
    December 30, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I have a friend who is called Granna. That sounds fun and modern to me.

  28. Mimi
    December 30, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I’m called Grandma Linda, Grandma, and Mimi.

    I love all of my biological grandchildren and those that have been adopted into our family.

    There is no other sound that steals my heart as a child calling to me out of love.
    They are all a Blessing from God.

    Some have grown away from me.. 😥

    Some keep in touch tho growing up so fast. I treasure time together, text and calls.

    Others are young and still close to me. Always near, wanting time… Priceless memories.

  29. Bennie
    December 30, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I have a 7 yrs old grandson he call me Ema, 29yrs old granddaughter she call me mama. I love them so much

  30. Anonymous
    December 30, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    My grandchildren call me G.G. I also have 28 greatgrandchildren. I’m very “rich” in what counts. Love my babies.💕

  31. Maureen Stover
    December 31, 2018 at 7:16 am

    My 6 grandchildren call me Moe Moe which is short for Grandmoe!

  32. Anonymous
    December 31, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I am joining the club. Love to hear from you all and share your thoughts, love,and sorrows.
    I am Grandmere. Long distance though. ..

  33. Shirley Tucker
    January 7, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Two of my grandchildren call me MawMawShirley, ,(an old Southern name for Grandmother); the other four call me Nonnie. (It was supposed to be Nana but evolved to Nonnie). Then we learned that Nonnie or Nonnie is actually Grandmother in several countries. Either is fine as long as they call me.

  34. Anonymous
    January 24, 2019 at 12:13 am

    My 2 great grandsons call. me GiGi which I like alot. My grandaughters & grandsons call me grandma aka GmaJo. They can call me whatever just call!

  35. Anonymous
    May 28, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Some of mine call me granny grump
    Some people think thats funny or kinda ugly. Hey they call me and thats ok.

  36. Anonymous
    June 12, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    My two grandkids call me Gee. I love it. I know that all grandchildren want most is my time. The other grandparents are busy. I know someday soon they will be too old to hang out with little old Gee but they will always remember our time together. Best part of growing old.

    1. Anonymous
      November 24, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      I have many grand and great grand children. I love them all, 3 Engineers, 2 Computer eng. one Judge, one Dr. one Therapist for addiction, one serving time and some in schools, all are important to me and all close and loved. We all are learning and are grateful to God for our close family. every one is important to me and my husband. I have different names, one even tried Ya Ya on me and I am not Greek.

  37. Abuelita
    June 12, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    My Grandchildren call me
    Abuelita. Which I Love as much as I Love my Five Grandchildren
    🌷🌷💓💓💓

  38. Eve Rothfarb
    June 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    My husband and I are Baubbie and Zaiddie, as were my parents and grandparents. What an honor and blessing.

  39. Anonymous
    July 26, 2019 at 3:55 am

    I have 2 beautiful granddaughters and they call me Mamaw.
    I use tobthinl my daughter calling me mommy was the most precious sound on earth, until I heard Mamaw for the first time.
    It made me “melt like a popcycle on the 4th of July.”

  40. Grandma Barbie
    August 6, 2019 at 2:36 am

    When my grandson was tiny he called me Grandma Barbie. Around that time, my mother passed away and she was Memaw, so we decided that I would take over where she left off and now I’m Memaw. I am blessed now with two that adore me.

  41. akin caldiran
    August 18, 2019 at 11:57 am

    l am q 85 years old immigrant man from Istanbul/Turkey, l have 4 grand kids, l love them more than any thing in this world, they bring me happiness , when l hug and kiss them l feel younger, and healthier and do not want them go , l never love any thing in my life like l love them

  42. Marcia “Baba” Miller
    September 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    My grandson named me Baba. I don’t know why but I love it cause he gave me that name. He has a little sister due to be born in October. I hope she’ll join in in calling me Baba too

  43. MJ
    September 3, 2019 at 2:08 am

    I am a Mimi, just like I called one of my grandmothers. Last year, when I volunteered in my youngest granddaughter’s kindergarten class the kids called me Allie’s Mimi. I loved it! I currently live about 5 hours away from my granddaughters, but am lucky enough to be able to visit for a week each month. Hopefully this time next year I’ll be living much closer!

  44. HENRIETTA PALMER
    September 3, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I have 9 grands and 3 great grands. I’m called “Nana”. I love them to the moon and beyond. I was Blessed to spend time with all of them this summer.

  45. Anonymous
    September 5, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    My two grandkids callMe GaGa! When the first was born, I decided to be called whatever word he first called me!

  46. Anonymous
    September 7, 2019 at 1:30 am

    My eldest named me MeMom and the rest of the grand children have called me MeMom ever since.

  47. Judy
    September 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I’m very blessed to have three precious grandchildren. Words don’t describe my love for them. For anyone who for one reason or another do not have the blessing of seeing or being in touch with their grandchildren, I want to encourage you to go find a child that you can love on. There are thousands of children out there who need that nurturing love that only a grandparent can give. Visit them, call them, send them cards, attend their school functions, take them for an ice cream, off the parents to have a weekend off and have them overnight. You don’t have to be grandchildless with so many who are in need of your love and attention. xo

  48. Anonymous
    September 13, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    My grandson gave me the name “Badu” when he was just a baby. I don’t know where it came from but I am so proud – I don’t think there is another person called that. When he was 3, he said I was a Grandma but I was his Badu!

  49. cecile
    September 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    My Granddaughter calls me LOLA(Filipino Grandma). She always tells me she loves me this much(her arms are sooo wide apart).Sometimes when she spends night with us, she refuses to go home.I told her that I can give her everything she wants including my life. She is our one and only grandchild.I love her sooo much.

  50. Virginia OBrien
    September 14, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    My name is Ginnie but my grandchildren call me Gimmie. Gimmie this and Gimmie that. It was a name my son told them to call me. I love it. my husband is called Beepa given to him when our only granddaughter started calling him that
    when she was 2.

  51. Lynn Krim
    September 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    My amazing grandchildren live all over the US yet I am able to stay close to them all. They range from 13 to 27. They call me Grammy, Gram, GramGram and The Gramster. Eighteen years ago we lost a beautiful 3 year old in a terrible accident. She called me her “Best Fwiend”.

  52. Anonymous
    September 17, 2019 at 5:15 am

    I am blessed to be Nana to four grands and two great grands…. love hearing Nana shouted at me but it IS NOT the name but the children that matters and the memories of my own Nana! In the world we live in today, it is these small kindnesses in our family that matter. Love you Austin, Taylor, Meghan, Alex, sweet Lilly and Little X ❤️😁❤️😁❤️

  53. Betty J Johnson
    September 29, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I have 11 grandkids,13 great grands and some call me grammy,some nana ,I love them spoil much.

  54. Laura Harker
    September 29, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I have taught my great grandkids to call me “Grandma the Great”:)

  55. Barbara Haggerty
    September 29, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    My grandchildren call me Nama and my husband Tapa.. my oldest grandson gave use those names and they as well as our grandchildren mean the world to us

  56. Dionne C
    October 30, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I have 9 grand kids and my 10th is due in 7 months I love all my babies and I love when they call and facetime me just t say Hey grandma what are you doing.

  57. JMS
    November 7, 2019 at 12:16 am

    We are of Irish decent. My son met a gentleman from Ireland who told him grandparents were called Morai and Daideo. So that is what our grandchildren call us. Even if it’s not true, it’s been that way for 17 years. Not going to change now!

  58. JMS
    November 7, 2019 at 12:18 am

    We are of Irish decent. My son met a gentleman from Ireland who told him grandparents were called Morai and Daideo. So that is what our grandchildren call us. Even if it’s not true, it’s been that way for 17 years. Not going to change now!
    11 grands 2 more on the way. I’m

  59. Anonymous
    November 7, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    We have 5 grandchildren and 4Greats Love Love them all the same!!!! They call us Granny and Paw Paw!!!

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