Send inexpensive plastic cameras to your grandchildren and include pre-addressed, stamped padded envelopes for their easy return. Equipped with a camera, a child feels important and powerful and will gladly snap photos to share with Granny. When you ask your grandchildren to show you what their lives are like by taking pictures of their friends, pets, schools, or trips, you will surely get a response. Have parents mail the cameras back to you, so that you can get the film developed and share in their lives away from you. The next time the kids visit, you can talk about the pictures together.