When Life in the Boomer Lane’s Only Daughter moved to London, LBL was crushed. Then, OD got pregnant, and LBL imagined that her grandchild would grow up never knowing her. Worse, he would have an English accent and would make fun of LBL’s vaguely Philly accent.
When the baby was born, LBL decided to stop feeling sorry for herself, and, when he was two-years-old, she started to read books to him on Skype. Soon, Jonah and Ne Ne reading time became important for both of them. Jonah snuggled into his beanbag chair and Ne Ne read and showed him the book pages on the screen. OD could go about her business elsewhere in the flat.
When Jonah’s brother Simon was born, the reading continued. OD and Family have since moved to Brooklyn, and reading time has moved with them. LBL goes to the library every week, to get new books. Now, aged four and six, the boys listen to the stories at their small dinner table, in the bathtub, or on the couch in the family room.
LBL thought this scenario was perfect, until she found out about Panasonic Home Team, developed by the company as a way to create “social health and promote family connectivity through technology.” HomeTeam goes a huge step beyond reading a book. It provides shared video chat, storytime and games. It allows grandparents and grandchildren to be together, in spite of distance and circumstance. Even in the same town, it allows grandparents to read bedtime stories to their grandchildren.
For the book reading, a menu comes on the screen with a wide range of book choices. Your grandchild sees the same screen. You (or your grandchild) clicks the book to read, and off you go. No need to hold a book in your hands, turn pages, read upside down, and make sure your grandchild can see everything. Home Team makes reading as easy as possible.
If you are a long distance grandparent this month, it’s the perfect way to keep your grandchildren close. And it won’t cost you a dime. Panasonic has provided a free, limited time offer for this month only. Look for the “30-Day Free Trial” on the homepage. No contract, no strings, no nothing. Only joy. Think of it as Panasonic’s Christmas gift to you.
Please give Panasonic Home Team a try. And then, please let LBL know what you think. She’s pretty passionate about this. Can you tell? Also, this service won’t be available past the end of the year. Do it now. Your grandchildren are waiting.