When my older son was little, we lived within 20 minutes of all of our relatives – both sides of the family. He spent the first four years of his life being immersed in extended family. But, due to a job change for my husband, we ended up moving about four hours away, creating a huge gap in our families’ lives and our son’s. We found a way, though, to keep family close while still miles away.
In our new home, we created a “family tree” wall. We framed pictures of all of our relatives, each person with his or her own individual frame. And, along the hallway leading to my son’s room, we hung these photos. Each night, as my son finished his bathroom duties and headed off to bed, we said, “goodnight” to all of our family. It was (and still is) a wonderful way to keep him in touch with those that were such an intricate part of his first few years.
As an alternative, take a group photo the next time a large number of family are together and frame this. Keeping it in your child’s room will be a nice way to keep those family members close to your child. It is a great way to keep loving faces familiar (and names, too).